Khun Pian was found dead at one of his homes in Phuket City yesterday. Charges against the 70-year-old and his sons Prab and Puen were due to be heard for the first time in a preliminary hearing at Phuket Provincial Court today.
Major General Paween, who has been investigating links to the taxi ''mafia'' and beach vendor extortion for several months, told Phuketwan today that the cases against the Keesins would be delayed as a mark of respect.
''This appears to be just a tragic coincidence,'' the major general said. ''It would not be proper for us to take the case further until after the cremation.''
Khun Pian is due to be farewelled in a ceremony at a Patong temple on October 18.
Major General Paween said the charge against Khun Prab involves the alleged importation of a car from Malaysia without the payment of tax.
The Toyota vehicle, valued at about three million baht, bore the number plate of a vehicle that had already been registered, the major general said.