Arrest warrants issued for Phuket hitmen

Arrest warrants issued for Phuket hitmen

Two Canadian nationals who shot dead an Indian mobster who allegedly left Thailand on February 6

A police officer holds one of two firearms used by two hitmen in the murder of Jimi “Slice” Sandhu in Phuket. They were found in the sea not far from the murder scene. (Photo: Achadtaya Chuenniran)

PHUKET: Police have issued arrest warrants for two Canadian hitmen wanted in the murder of an Indian gangster a week ago in the island province.

Pol Maj Gen Sermphan Sirikhong, Phuket Police Chief, said a warrant was sought from the Phuket Provincial Court for the arrest of the two men, accused of collusion in the murder. The men are believed to be Canadian nationals, both 37, but no names or other details were given.

Thai media reported that the couple crossed into Thailand in December and flew out on February 6, two days after they ambushed and killed Jimi “Slice” Sandhu.

The crime was allegedly linked to criminal activity in which Sandhu, a notorious figure in Vancouver before his 2016 deportation from Canada, had been involved.

Sandhu was shot several times in the parking lot of his rented beachfront villa on Rawai beach in Muang district on the night of February 4. His body is in the morgue of Vachira Phuket Hospital.

After the murder, the hitmen threw the handguns into the sea in front of a nearby deserted house.

The murder is being investigated by 20 police teams. On Thursday, they found two pistols – a semi-automatic 9mm CZ and a fully automatic 9mm Walther – in the sea not far from the murder scene.

Each of the firearms was legally registered under the name of a Thai national. The police are looking to question these two people.

Law enforcement authorities are in contact with Interpol to help arrest the suspects and extradite them for trial in Thailand, Thai media reported.

National Police Chief Suwat Jangyodsuk said on Friday Sandhu’s family were due to arrive in Phuket on Sunday or Monday to take his body back to India.

The hitmen who killed Jimi “Slice” Sandhu threw their handguns into the sea in front of this deserted house in Phuket near the beachfront villa where the crime was committed. (Photo: Achadtaya Chuenniran)

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