Disgraced police chief Thitisan and 6 different officers indicted in homicide case

A former police chief accused of murdering a suspect in custody has been indicted, along with 6 different former law enforcement officials. The Bangkok Post reports that public prosecutors have taken the case to the Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases. Thitisan Utthanaphon is accused of torturing Chiraphong Thanapat to death by suffocating the 24 yr old with plastic baggage while he was underneath interrogation in the northern province of Nakhon Sawan on August 5. The former police chief and 6 different officers are also accused of trying to extort 2 million baht from the medicine suspect during questioning. All 7 deny the accusations.
A leaked video of Chiraphong being suffocated with plastic baggage went viral on social media, provoking nationwide outrage. In the video, Chiraphong could be seen with his head coated by a black plastic bag. Thitisan can then be seen placing extra baggage over the victim’s head. ติดตั้งโซล่าเซลล์ใกล้ฉัน was officially pronounced dead the next day. Thitisan initially went on the run, earlier than surrendering to police in the eastern province of Chon Buri.
Itthiporn Kaewthip from the Office of the Attorney-General says Thitisan and 6 other officers have been indicted and four senior prosecutors have been directed to work on the case. The 7 accused have been charged with malfeasance (wrongful conduct by somebody in public office) abuse of authority, torture causing dying, and coercion. If found responsible, they may face the death penalty. All 7 are being held at Bangkok Remand Prison. The 6 other police officers have been named as Rawirot Ditthong, Songyot Khlainak, Thoranin Matwanna, Suphakon Nimchuen, Wisut Bunkhiew, and Pawikon Khammarew.
Prior to his arrest, Thitisan had earned the nickname “Joe Ferrari” due to his giant collection of luxury vehicles. He also had a 57-million-baht mansion in Bangkok. In complete, investigating officers have seized one hundred thirty million baht of property, including 24 automobiles value 70 million baht, a rental worth 1.5 million baht, and 18 weapons value 720,000 baht..

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