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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian Tourists' Killer Denies Links With Mob

APAnuchit Lamlert, top left, showing on Sunday how he committed the killings.
PATTAYA, Thailand -- A man arrested for the murders of two female Russian tourists in Thailand insisted that he was not a part of any crime syndicate following a re-enactment of the crime Sunday morning.

"I was robbing them and there is no one else involved," said Anuchit Lamlert, who was arrested Thursday and has confessed to the murders of Tatyana Tsimfer, 30, and Lyubov Svirkova, 25.

The victims' bodies were found Feb. 24, shot and slumped in lounge chairs on a beach in Pattaya, about 110 kilometers southeast of Bangkok.

Sunday morning's public re-enactment of the crime followed standard Thai police procedure, and was covered by most Thai television stations. The brutal killings shocked Thailand and have been dominating news headlines for the past week, as well as being the subject of intense interest in Russia.

Anuchit told police that the motive for the killings was robbery and that he killed the pair because he was "afraid they would remember [his] face" after they saw him and started crying out for help.

Police believe he may be lying, however.

"There are inconsistencies between his confession and the evidence," a Thai national police official said during a visit to Pattaya to interrogate the suspect Saturday. "I believe the murder may be linked to a criminal organization and there may be other people behind it."

Local police said they regarded robbery as the most likely motive.

About 100 onlookers, including a handful of foreign tourists, watched as the handcuffed suspect acted out his version of the crime.

Ekho Moskvy radio reported Sunday that Thai police had arrested two more suspects on charges of having supplied the gun and motorcycle to the suspected killer.