FEBRUARY 23 UPDATE:
Police sources have confirmed to The VOICE that Matthew Leandre Ovide Dupre was arrested by Canadian police from Sylvan Lake in Alberta where he lived. There is a lot of secrecy about his situation.
(Vancouver Sun’s Kim Bolan was the first to report his arrest on February 22.)
It seems that Dupre felt more secure to come to Canada and get arrested rather than risk being caught elsewhere. In Canada, he will have the opportunity to challenge extradition to Thailand and drag the case through the court system as long as possible.
He must also be aware that gang members associated with Jimi Sandhu’s group will be out to get him. He will probably be more secure in police custody for now.
CANADIAN police are investigating the conspiracy angle in the murder of Indian gangster Jimi Sandhu who was gunned down in Rawai, Phuket, on February 4, sources told The VOICE on Wednesday.
As this newspaper reported online last Sunday (February 13), Thai police had identified the alleged killers of Sandhu as Canadian nationals Gene Karl Lahrkamp, 36, and Matthew Leandre Ovide Dupre, 36, and issued arrest warrants for them.
Thai media reported that the police had on Saturday (February 12) contacted Interpol to request a Red Notice in 195 nations. According to those notices, Lahrkamp is 193 cm tall, weighs 95 kg and has green eyes and brown hair. He was born in Canada on December 21, 1985. Dupre was born in Canada on November 19, 1985. Both have been described as “armed, dangerous, escape risk, suicidal, violent”.
One of them was believed to have served in the ‘military’ although police didn’t provide any further details, according to Thai media.
The two alleged killers flew from Phuket to Bangkok and left Suvarnabhumi Airport on February 6, with Dupre flying to Amsterdam and Lahrkamp to Frankfurt. Police released their photos to the media that were also posted on our website.
Vancouver Sun on Wednesday reported that Canadian police on Tuesday searched a rural Trail property that belongs to Lahrkamp from where he was running his dog-breeding company Mountain Mal’s. The newspaper also confirmed from the Canadian military that both Lahrkamp and Dupre rose to the rank of corporal with the former serving from 2005 to 2013 and the latter from 2012 to 2018.
Sgt. Brenda Winpenny of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. (CFSEU-BC) on Wednesday also confirmed to The VOICE that the CFSEU-BC was “assisted by our RCMP partners there in executing search warrants and it was in relation to an ongoing investigation.”
But she would not say what the investigation was about.
Sources told The VOICE that police were at this stage investigating the conspiracy part of Sandhu’s murder because that would have taken place in Canada – “so they are investigating the Canadian crime that allegedly happened here.”
Police sources had confirmed to The VOICE that Sandhu still had connections here even after being deported from Canada in early 2016. While appealing an Immigration and Refugee Board order to deport him to India because of his criminal background, Sandhu had denied that he had killed Red Scorpions’ gang leader Matthew Campbell, 31, of Abbotsford in January 2014.
Sources said he was aligned with the UN Gang that is in conflict with the Brothers Keepers. This was expected to trigger some retaliation, and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. (CFSEU-BC) had alerted its policing partners about it.
In 2018, Sandhu was jailed in India after India’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) busted what it called an international drug syndicate that manufactured the date rape drug, ketamine, worth Rs. 250 million [$5 million] every month. Apparently, when Sandhu was on bail, he left India.
SOURCES speculate that Lahrkamp and Dupre may not be found alive as they point out that a huge sum of money must have been paid to the two to kill Sandhu.
If that is true, then the people who paid that money must be extremely nervous because Thai police did such a great job of tracking down the alleged killers, recovering possible DNA evidence from the clothes they reportedly dumped in a bin and the two guns that were used in Sandhu’s murder.
The two guns that Thai Police recovered from the shallow waters off Rawai beach by using metal detectors — a CZ 9mm semi-automatic pistol and a Walther 9mm fully automatic — were registered to Thai nationals, a retired policeman and a soldier. Police are now pursuing the two for questioning.
Phuket Police spokesperson Kissana Pattanacharoen claimed that the suspected gunmen were identified “through confessions of some gang members who were arrested earlier”, according to Thai media.
In Thailand, the suspects face charges of “colluding in murder, murder, illegal possession of a weapon and discharging an illegal firearm in a public place”.
Thai police released their photos and identities to the media and thus to the whole world.
In view of all this, there is speculation that there may be attempts on their lives.
Sources say the two alleged killers apparently underestimated the efficiency of the Thai police and add that they must have been naïve.
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