Investigators think the images might shed light on the cause of his mysterious death while in DSI custody.
Col Komsak Sumungkaset, deputy commander of Metropolitan Police Division 2, said yesterday (Sept 6) that investigators submitted a letter to the DSI asking it to send images taken from a security camera outside the room where Mr Tawatchai was kept while in official custody.
Police believe the camera footage may have captured events that could shed light on whether Mr Tawatchai committed suicide or was the victim of foul play.
The DSI officials questioned by police over the death of Mr Tawatchai insisted that no surveillance cameras are installed in cells where inmates are detained, Col Komsak said.
He said that installing cameras in the rooms would be a violation of suspects’ rights.
Mr Tawatchai, 66, died mysteriously last week while in DSI custody, leading to speculation about his death.
The Institute of Forensic Medicine earlier said in its initial autopsy report that Mr Tawatchai died of abdominal haemorrhaging and a ruptured liver from being hit with a solid, blunt object together with asphyxiation from hanging That contrasts with the current DSI claim that Mr Tawatchai committed suicide by hanging himself on his cell door with his own socks.
Mr Tawatchai was a key suspect in several land fraud cases and was allegedly involved in unlawfully issuing land deeds to wealthy people.
He was arrested in Nonthaburi province on Aug 29 after having been on the run for almost a decade for his alleged role in numerous land fraud cases in Phuket and Phang Nga.
It was too early to determine what led to Mr Tawatchai’s death, Col Komsak said, and that further investigation is needed.
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