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Charges laid against ‘Jo Ferrari’, other officers, for killing drug suspect

Charges laid against ‘Jo Ferrari’, other officers, for killing drug suspect

BANGKOK: The Royal Thai Police Office has pressed four charges against seven policemen, one a station chief, who killed a drug suspect during interrogation in Nakhon Sawan province in August.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 3 November 2021, 10:32AM


Pol Col Thitisan Utthanaphon, former chief of the Muang Nakhon Sawan police station, in custody at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok on Aug 26. Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut / Bangkok Post

Pol Col Thitisan Utthanaphon, former chief of the Muang Nakhon Sawan police station, in custody at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok on Aug 26. Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut / Bangkok Post

The station chief is also being investigated in a case involving the seizure, sale and possession of smuggled luxury cars, reports the Bangkok Post.

Pol Gen Suchart Theerasawat, deputy commissioner of the Royal Thai Police, said on Tuesday (Nov 2) that the seven policemen from Muang Nakhon Sawan station have been charged with malfeasance, abuse of authority, torture causing death, and coercion.

The police case report and charges will be handed to public prosecutors on Wednesday (Nov 3), he said.

The suspects in the case are Pol Col Thitisan Utthanaphon, Pol Maj Rawirot Ditthong, Pol Capt Songyot Khlainak, Pol Lt Thoranin Matwanna, Pol Sen Sgt Maj Suphakon Nimchuen, Pol Sen Sgt Maj Wisut Bunkhiew and Pol L/Cpl Pawikon Khammarew.

Pol Gen Suchart said police were also investigating Thitisan’s involvement in the seizure of about 400 smuggled vehicles and had already found suspicious records of the vehicles and irregularities in the payment of rewards for the seizure.

The case involved many people ‒ police, customs officials and people involved with Pol Col Thitisan, the deputy national police chief said.

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He said investigators impounded about B130 million in assets of Pol Col Thitisan, aka ‘Joe Ferrari’. The assets included a mansion worth B57mn in Bangkok’s Bang Chan sub-district, 24 vehicles worth B70mn, a B1.5mn condominium and 18 guns worth B720,000.

Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk, commissioner of the Royal Thai Police Office, said it had yet to be decided whether Pol Col Thitisan would be dismissed or expelled from the force.

Former station superintendent Pol Col Thitisan and six of his subordinates at the same station are accused of killing Chiraphong Thanapat, a 24-year-old drug suspect, while reportedly trying to extort money from him. He was suffocated with plastic bags over his head.

Pol Col Thitisan is known as ‘Jo Ferrari’ because of his collection of supercars.

Footage of the torture and death of Chiraphong was leaked and posted online, sparking outrage and a storm of criticism of the police force.

Pol Col Thitisan turned himself in on Aug 26.

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Kurt | 04 November 2021 - 15:02:40

@JohnC,  The police officer in this article is a example to the Thai people of how a correct oath worthy police officer should not be.

JohnC | 04 November 2021 - 09:23:01

@kurt. They LOSE a teacher and MENTOR, not an example. One day you will get it right if you learn the language.

Kurt | 03 November 2021 - 19:54:33

A corrupt organization always reluctant to sack a 'Master in Corruption'. Than they loose a teacher and example.

Fascinated | 03 November 2021 - 12:49:34

Disgraceful that he hasn't already been sacked from the police but not unexpected. The cop who shot the vendor on Bangla was sacked within a day or so. One wonder's what skeletons hang in Joe's cupboard?

 

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