KATHMANDU, Nepal–Former Crown Prince Paras Shah faces a tough legal fight in Thailand, according to Bangkok based newspapers. Thai police nabbed Shah with methamphetamine and marijuana there on Wednesday.
Shah was also held with narcotic drugs in 2012 and early 2014 in the country, where former crown prince is residing for a couple of years.
Thai police on Monday held Shah with 5.8 gram methamphetamine and 9.7 gram marijuana. The message has been relayed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kathmandu.
Though the Shah family has sent a relative to Thailand to meet him and make efforts for his release.
The government of Nepal has made no official attempts with Thai authorities on the matter, though ex-king Gyanendra Shah has reportedly been sent as an envoy to meet Paras and make attempts for his release.
bangkokpost.com, citing the Thai Measure for Suppressing Narcotic Offenders Act, writes that Shah’s case falls under Category 1 in which Thai law prescribes jail up to 10 years or 20,000-200,000 Baht in fine for anyone caught with heroin, amphetamine, methamphetamine, MDMA (Ecstasy) and LSD.
Likewise, one faces up to 3 years in jail or a fine ranging from 10,000 to 60,000 Baht for consuming the above mentioned drugs.
However, the Thai authorities have not ascertained whether Shah consumed or possessed the drugs for trafficking.