The Japanese prosecutor has ordered the release of Intellectual Property Department deputy director-general Mr Supat Sa-nguanpakdeekul from police custody after the hotel in Kyoto had agreed to withdraw theft charge against him.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee said Friday evening that the Thai consul-general in Osaka paid a visit to Mr Supat at the Nagakeo police station in Kyoto and the DIP deputy chief admitted his wrongdoing and offered an apology for the incident.
Mr Supat arbitrarily took three paintings worth about 15,000 yen from the hotel where he stayed and the paintings were found in his luggage when he checked out of the hotel.
The consul-general later negotiated with the hotel management, telling them that Mr Supat felt guilty and agreed to pay compensation to the hotel, said Mr Sek, adding that the hotel management later withdrew the charge against the DIP deputy director-general and the police as well as the public prosecutor were later informed of the hotel's decision.
The prosecutor eventually ordered the immediate release of Mr Supat from police custody because the case is not a serious one and the paintings theft was not plotted in advance, said Mr Sek.
Mr Supat was released at about 6 pm (local time) and he is now with his family who were in Japan to visit him. Arrangement is now being made to enable him to return to Thailand soon.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)