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Former Phuket land office’s kin doubt DSI camera claims

PHUKET: Police investigating the mysterious death of former Phuket land office chief land fraud suspect Tawatchai Anukul say they expect to complete their probe in 30 days, while the suspect’s brother has disputed Department of Special Investigation (DSI) claims that security cameras outside the detention cell where the suspect was kept were out of order.

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Thursday 8 September 2016, 09:04AM

Director-General of the DSI Col Paisit Wongmuang examines the door of the lockup cell where the DSI says Tawatchai Anukul tried successfully to strangle himself using his socks. The cameras which normally monitor the facility failed on that day because of a computer glitch, according to the agency. Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd
Director-General of the DSI Col Paisit Wongmuang examines the door of the lockup cell where the DSI says Tawatchai Anukul tried successfully to strangle himself using his socks. The cameras which normally monitor the facility failed on that day because of a computer glitch, according to the agency. Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd

Lead investigator, Col Komsak Sumangkaset, deputy chief of the Metropolitan Police Bureau’s (MPB) Division 2, said police expected to wrap up the investigation in 30 days.

He refused to go into details about what investigators had found so far.

He was speaking after he and a team of Central Police Forensic Science Division (CPFSD) officials examined the DSI detention cell in which Mr Tawatchai allegedly tried to hang himself.

Also present at the DSI was Mr Tawatchai's younger brother, Chainarong Anukul, 63, who later spoke to the media during which he expressed doubts on DSI claims that security cameras outside his brother’s cell were not working.

Mr Chainarong said yesterday (Sept 7) that on Monday (Sept 4) he had initially been invited to the DSI offices to examine camera footage only to be told by Maj Jatupol Bongkochmas, chief of the DSI’s Bureau of Special Operation, that the security cameras outside the cell were out of order.

He also said he was not allowed inside the detention cell.

“How on earth could they let the computer server break down without a backup system?” he said.

He was referring to the excuse he says the DSI gave him as to why the security cameras outside the cell were not working.

Col Komsak, said yesterday that he believed the security cameras at the DSI’s detention facility were operating well but was uncertain how much evidence the cameras would reveal.

Mr Chainarong went to the DSI again yesterday expecting to gain access to the detention cell. However, he was denied permission to join the CPFSD officials in getting a first-hand look, an informed source said.

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Col Komsak said it was unnecessary for police to invite the dead man’s family members to observe every aspect of the probe into Mr Tawatchai’s death.

Mr Chainarong had to watch the CPFSD officials from outside the detention room as they tried to re-enact Mr Tawatchai’s alleged suicide.

Afterwards, Mr Chainarong said he had many doubts over whether his brother had taken his own life.

The Institute of Forensic Medicine earlier reported in its initial autopsy result that Mr Tawatchai died of abdominal haemorrhaging and a ruptured liver from being hit with a solid, blunt object together with asphyxiation from hanging, countering the DSI’s claim that he committed suicide by hanging himself with a pair of socks.

Meanwhile, a Justice Ministry-appointed panel of experts is expected to meet today (Sept 8) to examine details made available in the case so far.

These include the autopsy findings which state Mr Tawatchai lost 500cc of blood from abdominal haemorrhaging, permanent secretary for justice Charnchao Chaiyanukij said.

Panel chief, Wisit Wisitsora-at, also director-general of the Juvenile Observation and Protection Department, said the panel has 15 days in which to wrap up its probe.

Mr Tawatchai, 66, was a key suspect in several land fraud cases and was allegedly involved in unlawfully issuing land deeds to wealthy people in Phuket and Phang Nga.

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Seaturtle55 | 09 September 2016 - 13:30:59

Unbelievable!!  Actually, just the reverse, unfortunately!! As I was reading about this and the fact that video footage from cameras in the areas outside and inside the cells were being requested, I was thinking..."well, probably won't be any footage of inside the cells, at least none that would ever be admitted to exist as that would even here be considered an invasion of privacy, but there definitely will be footage of the areas outside the cells"  And then I thought "Hmmmm!!!  Given the facts which at least IMPLY that a beating had something to do with his demise, will they end up telling us that the cameras were 'out of order'?
And lo and behold what is being claimed by this organization but that very exact excuse!!  My belief in an innocent explanation for his demise has just dropped to.....oh, perhaps 1%.  

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Belzybob | 08 September 2016 - 16:14:19

I made a comment recently to a friend about the next stage in this saga. I said "Watch for them to report that the CCTV cameras in that area were un-serviceable", quite prophetic as it turns out.

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Ed Sanders | 08 September 2016 - 12:43:27

Absurd...nobody believes any of this crap...DSI and police investigating these dirty land deals usually involve the police and other high ranking officials.  I guess nothing will ever come of any of this...just a murder case that was not meant to be solved.

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kataglenn | 08 September 2016 - 11:18:45

And so it goes on     and on 

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