BANGKOK – The Royal Thai Police have reported that Amad Jay Malkoun, a key witness to the kidnapping and murder of a former Australian Hells Angels member in eastern Thailand has reportedly fled to Dubai.
Amad Jay Malkoun, a former bike gang leader and close associate of murdered Australian Wayne Rodney Schneider, is wanted for further questioning by Royal Thai Police.
Malkoun claimed he slept through the violent kidnapping of Schneider on November 30 at the A$5200 a month villa he was sharing with the dead Australian, whose naked body was later recovered from a shallow sandy grave south east of Bangkok.
Malkoun, a former head of Australia’s outlaw Comanchero biker gang who left Melbourne in 2013 to settle in Dubai, was also a convicted large-scale heroin trafficker.
Media reports said Schneider’s wife was already living in Dubai.
Malkoun is said to have been linked to Melbourne real estate deals worth $13 million, involving a Russian woman, and had also developed strong connections into Russia through his time in Dubai.
News of Malkoun fleeing Thailand came as a 21-year old American, Tyler Gerard, earlier arrested at an immigration detention center on the border with Cambodia, on Friday was taken back to Schneider’s villa at the Thai town of Pattaya by Thai Police to re-enact the kidnapping.
On Friday, Cambodian police also arrested another fugitive, 27 year old Antonio Bagnato, Australian from NSW, in the capital Phnom Penh.
Bagnato, a former business associate of Schneider in Australia, will now face a Phnom Penh court pending his extradition to Thailand.
Investigators told AAP the Royal Thai Police is seeking to further identify and locate the remaining suspects linked to Schneider’s killing.
Schneider’s murder may have been linked to drug trafficking and attempted extortion by the kidnappers.
He also had a long criminal history involving drug trafficking, obstruction of justice and stolen property.