Confessions from the five individuals arrested for the attempted kidnapping of a Norwegian millionaire in Pattaya this week have revealed the alleged involvement of a third party.
Police believe a 37 year-old man was behind the incident, and have issued a warrant for his arrest.
The five men claim they were promised half a million Baht, approximately 100,000 kroner, in exchange for the Norwegian real estate magnate, reports Dagbladet.
According to the Pattaya Daily News, they also confessed they received 5,000 Baht from the 37-year-old mastermind in advance, who watched the failed kidnapping attempt from a nearby car.
The Norwegian millionaire managed to escape abduction from a local taxi by the five men posing as police officers, after fighting them off and shouting for help as they tried to bundle him in to their car early on Christmas Day.
His assailants were arrested whilst trying to escape on foot following a car crash involving a bus, after they failed to stop at a police checkpoint.
Thai police allege seven criminals are involved in the case so far, and do not exclude the possibility a larger group was involved in planning the operation.
The Norwegian millionaire and his son are currently under round-the-clock police protection, according to Dagbladet.
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