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Former Phuket land official’s death in cell not suicide, court says

Former Phuket land official’s death in cell not suicide, court says

PHUKET: The Criminal Court has ruled out suicide in the mysterious death of a former Phuket Land Department official detained at the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) last year.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 4 August 2017, 06:11PM


A detention room on the sixth floor of the Department of Special Investigation building where Tawatchai Anukul was found dead on Aug 29, 2016. Photo: Tawatchai Kemgumnerd

A detention room on the sixth floor of the Department of Special Investigation building where Tawatchai Anukul was found dead on Aug 29, 2016. Photo: Tawatchai Kemgumnerd

The court said it found Tawatchai Anukul, a former official of the land offices in Phang Nga and Phuket, had been killed.

The conclusion followed interviews with several witnesses since the beginning of the year at the request of prosecutors seeking a judgement from the court on his death.

The court did not go into the details of the investigation.

Mr Tawatchai, 66, died on Aug 29 last year. He was found hanging in a room on the sixth floor of the DSI building. Then-deputy DSI chief Songsak Raksaksakun said officials gave him first aid but the help came too late. He was pronounced dead while being taken to Mongkutwattana General Hospital.

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The DSI said the man used a pair of socks to hang himself.

Mr Tawatchai was accused of dereliction of duty over his alleged involvement in the issuance of land ownership documents in Phuket and Phang Nga. The alleged land fraud included Layan Beach in Phuket’s Thalang district and part of Hat Thai Mueang-Khao Lampi National Park in Phang Nga in the 1990s.

His brother Narongchai said he will consult his lawyer and go to Thung Song Hong Police Station to file a complaint to force the opening of a murder investigation.

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Jor12 | 05 August 2017 - 19:13:51

Rorri_2...as per usual you have no idea what you are talking about. How can anyone make a judgment on here on scant original articles about what occurred without being privy to the facts? Only you and Kurt can do that. Just make things up. It has only now been revealed by the Criminal Court that has ruled out suicide only "to being killed", after considering all the evidence...something ...

Rorri_2 | 05 August 2017 - 08:43:19

This only confirms what many of us, except those Thai apologists, said from the very beginning, now we wait and see what action will take place, as this was murder... my guess, NOTHING, but am hoping I am wrong

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