BANGKOK: The pilot of a military transport aircraft impounded at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport after Thai authorities seized a huge arms cache it carried told police investigators on Sunday that the shipment was bound for Ukraine, the Thai News Agency reported.

Belarussian Mikhail Petukhou told Crime Suppression Division police during a six-hour interrogation that the plane left Ukraine to pick up the goods in an Asian nation. Insisting that he had no knowledge about the war material aboard the aircraft, Petukhou told investigators that he and his four companions were hired to transport goods and that he would only “provide other information in court.” Police are scheduled to escort them to the Criminal Court on Monday to seek further detention for interrogation.

Thai authorities on Saturday impounded an IL-76 plane after it requested to land at Don Juang Airport for refuelling. They found and seized about 35 tonnes of war weapons and detained five crew members of the plane.

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