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DSI inspects Sripanwa land

PHUKET: Department of Special Investigation (DSI) Deputy Director-General Pol Col Akarapol Punyopashtambha arrived in Phuket today (Oct 8) a team of investigators to inspect the land plots occupied by the Sripanwa resort, on Phuket’s east coast.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 8 October 2020, 05:03PM

The investigation followed Weera Somkhwamkit, Secretary General of the People’s Network Against Corruption, filing a formal request on Sept 25 to DSI Chief Pol Lt Col Korawat Panprapakorn for the DSI to investigate the resort’s claim to the land it sits on.

The request formally asked the DSI to accept the case as a special case and to prosecute relevant officers who issued unlawful ownership documents for breaches of the Forest Act, B.E. 2484 (1941) and the Land Title Deed Issuance Act (No. 6), B.E. 2479 (1936)

The team of DSI investigators was welcomed by the resort’s Engineering Manager Warangkul Kongkraphan, and other staff.

“We have already investigated all five phases of the resort and received very good cooperation from the resort staff,” explained Col Akarapol after the inspection.

 “We used a drone to survey the area and questioned Mr Warangkul about the land from the past until now. Most importantly, the DSI is working straightforwardly and will be fair for both sides,” he added.

The DSI investigators have been given six months to conclude their investigation, Col Akarapol said.

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“But I am sure that officers will finish and conclude this case earlier, in order to quickly deliver the truth to the public, as this case has gained a lot of attention,” he added.

Col Akarapol also revealed that the DSI investigation is looking into more than just the land ownership claims.

“We received a request to investigate two issues, including the land ownership of the resort and its construction, but we must look into issues beyond the request,” he said.

“We have to check five more specific issues, but we will release information about these issues later,” Col Akarapol said.

“The slope of land is one of the priorities that we are paying much attention to, but we cannot give any information at this time. The DSI have investigated many cases about land in Phuket, but this is the first time for Sripanwa resort.” he concluded.

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CaptainJack69 | 09 October 2020 - 10:43:27

The public will never get to know the truth in this or any other hi-profile (i.e. potentially lucrative) case. This is Thailand, the land of open secrets and secret deals.

Anyway, the question shouldn't be about any one case, but rather how the system is so flawed as to allow constant abuse by (ahem) allegedly corrupt officials.

BigA | 09 October 2020 - 10:18:22

Thanks guys reading your comment's save me to read all this articles myself ! Horst

LALALA | 09 October 2020 - 10:02:33

,deliver the truth to public, LOL.
.since what time any government is telling the truth to the public  especially the Thai Government...Santa Claus is arriving tomorrow by the way.

Jor12 | 09 October 2020 - 06:16:35

k...If you read the article it states the result of the investigation will ..."deliver the truth to the public."

Fascinated | 08 October 2020 - 17:55:11

Good old 'fairness to both sides'. or the highest bidderas its better known.

Kurt | 08 October 2020 - 17:42:54

Breaching of the Forest Act and Land Title Deeds needs a DSI straightforwardly investigation according the law, NOT being fair to both sides. That is a open invitation for kick backs/mediation, not about law enforcement. About the slope of the land, is it not clear enough? Easy to comment on that. Why not? This whole investigations will be filed and we hear never again about it.


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