THE Nakhon Sawan court has issued an arrest warrant for the head of the Mueang police station on charges of premeditated murder after he was seen in a video clip using two plastic bags to suffocate a drug suspect to death in order to 2 million baht from him, Sanook.com said this morning (Aug. 25).
The Provincial Police Region 6 investigation team had gone to court to get approval for the arrest of Pol. Col. Thitisan Uttanaphon and seven others with four of them apprehended just as they were about to flee.
However Pol. Col. Thitisan and two others managed to escape.
Last night National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Suwat Jangyodsuk signed an order temporarily dismissing Pol. Col. Thitisan over accusations that he suffocated Jirapong Thanapat, a drug suspect, to death in an attempt to get 2 million baht from him, Siam Rath newspaper said.
In the video clip the suspect said he had 1 million baht to give but was suffocated to death to get 2 million baht.
Read earlier report: Senior cop in plastic bag suffocation to death video clip shunted out
Pol. Gen. Suwat signed this order by virtue of Section 95 of the Royal Thai Police Act, B.E. 2547 (2004) with Pol. Col. Thitisan, whose nickname is Director Joe Ferrari, to await the result of the disciplinary investigation from yesterday Aug. 24 onwards.
Col. Thitisan has the right to appeal to the Police Administration Audit and Monitoring Committee under Section 105 of the Royal Thai Police Act, B.E. 2547 (2004) within 30 days of receiving the order.
He also has the right to file a lawsuit against this order at the Administrative Court within 90 days of notification.
Top: Pol. Col. Thitisan greeting visitors at his station. Photo: Sanook.com
Home Page: National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Suwat flanked by two senior police officers announcing the action taken in this case. Photo: Siam Rath