However, it does not mean they were completely out of order as officials have identified the problem as “only a fault in recording images”, DSI chief Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang claimed on Friday (Sept 9) as they allowed the media to have a close look at how the cameras work.
His department had already hired a company to reinstall the recording system in May and the work was expected to be finished on Oct 27, he said.
But that was only a glitch in its total of 49 cameras. Footage from other cameras that work normally is usable and has been sent to Thung Song Hong police and a Justice Ministry-appointed probe panel.
The department will let authorities check whether any evidence was tampered with.
If DSI staff are found to have been involved in irregularities, “we’ll act against them under the law. There’s no need to protect them”, Col Paisit said.
The footage the DSI revealed to reporters was a 10-minute clip showing a medical team from Mongkutwattana General Hospital arriving at the DSI and rushing Tawatchai to their ambulance after being informed the suspect was unconscious.
The DSI said 66-year-old Tawatchai was found after he attempted to hang himself in the detention room on the sixth floor of the DSI headquarters in the early hours of Aug 30 following his arrest in Nonthaburi on charges of unlawfully granting land ownership documents in Phuket and Phang Nga. (See story here.)
But an initial autopsy, conducted by the Institute of Forensic Medicine, found the death resulted from a combination of factors ranging from abdominal haemorrhaging and a ruptured liver from being hit with a solid, blunt object to asphyxiation from hanging. This sparked suspicions over whether he had been beaten. (See story here.)
Though the DSI said earlier there was no security camera in Tawatchai’s detention room, investigators remain hopeful of finding some clues that will shed light on the suspect’s death in footage from other cameras in the building.
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See also: Deadly deeds: Death of former Phuket Land chief lifts lid on island’s corrupt, murderous past (See story here.)