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Police seek Phuket land chief cell footage

PHUKET: Police have asked the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to submit images from a security camera next to the detention cell occupied by recently-deceased former Phuket land office chief and land fraud suspect Tawatchai Anukul.

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Bangkok Post

Wednesday 7 September 2016, 08:55AM


Director-General of the DSI Col Paisit Wongmuang examines the door of the lockup cell where the DSI says Mr Tawatchai tried successfully to strangle himself using his socks. Photo: Tawatchai Kemgumnerd
Director-General of the DSI Col Paisit Wongmuang examines the door of the lockup cell where the DSI says Mr Tawatchai tried successfully to strangle himself using his socks. Photo: Tawatchai Kemgumnerd

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.

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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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Joe12 | 09 September 2016 - 17:17:20

Kurt...diabolical..never really hunted? How do you know that? However, in your next sentence you state he was finally arrested?  

"expressing: nobody can do anything to me" - it could also be one of relief or just a sign of respect.

"he got long socks supplied"... ok, in a previous post you stated, "...a retired corrupt land office chief did hang him with his own socks? Which retired thai of that age is wearing socks in his free time" Which is it...supplied or his own? 

"diagnosed with internal body fractures/damage, nothing to do with socks" if you read the article it states "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." and "DSI’s version of events, which states that his brother used a pair of socks to hang himself." 

Now you are into the conspiracy theory realm, by stating he was murdered by "influencial persons." or perhaps you in fact know this to be the case?  

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Kurt | 07 September 2016 - 20:53:41

Jogi: Tawatchai was mysteriously on the run for 13 years. Never really hunted.
He was finally arrested and brought in to DSI building, photographed with a smile on his face ( expressing: nobody can do anything to me).
In DSI he got long socks supplied. and after transfer to hospital  ( still alive) diagnosed with internal body fractures/damage, nothing to do with socks.
DSI is simple in deep trouble. 
With their not working cams DSI can't clear themselve of hospital findings by autopsy doctors.

It looks a 'bit' that after his 13 years delayed arrest Tawatchai had to be silenced.
To many influential people had to be protected. As thai usual.

It can take a few years, but I am sure the truth has longer legs that the lie.
We sometime in future will hear the truth.

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jogi | 07 September 2016 - 15:01:13

investigators who have solve the mistorious dead of Tawatchai in custody of the DSI should not ask the DSI for images of the security camera outside of this holdingcell. not ask the DSI, order the DSI !!! to hand over not images, hand over all relevant films to the investigators (relevant for the investigators, not the DSI)
if the DSI got a problem with that, they should not manipulate  the film's themself they, not good enough. KGB,CIA, MOSSATand others, DSI should take some courses by them.  

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kataglenn | 07 September 2016 - 09:20:12

IF this wasn't so serious it would be laughable talk about Keystone Cops  

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