THAILAND

Paras Shah, ex-crown prince of Nepal, arrested again in Thailand

Paras Shah accused of destroying property in Bangkok after facing drug charges in Phuket

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 December, 2012, 5:08am
 

Former Nepalese crown prince Paras Shah has been arrested for smashing property at a luxury apartment in Bangkok, the city's police said yesterday, just a week after news emerged he had been bailed on drug charges.

Shah, who as crown prince was unpopular for his playboy lifestyle, is accused of destroying property at his rented apartment in central Bangkok in May, Bangkok police said.

"The incident occurred during an argument with his Thai girlfriend. The property's owner estimated that 900,000 baht [HK$230,000] of damage was done," said local police superintendent Colonel Chumpol Pumpuang. He said Shah, who denies the charges, had been bailed.

Shah was flown to Bangkok for questioning on Wednesday after being seized in the tourist island of Phuket, where he was earlier arrested for drug possession.

He was detained along with a Thai woman on October 23 after the management of his condominium complained about his unruly behaviour.

Police found roughly three grams of marijuana.

Shah denied the drug charge and was freed on bail.

Shah became heir to the throne in 2001 after his cousin Crown Prince Dipendra killed nine members of his family, including the king and queen, in a drink-and-drugs-fuelled rampage before apparently turning his gun on himself. Nepal abolished its monarchy in 2008.

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