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13 police officers under scrutiny over hi-so woman’s case

Jul 14. 2016
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By Supachai Phetchthewee,

A Metropolitan Police Bureau deputy chief yesterday revealed that a fact-finding panel is scrutinising 13 officers at Bangkok’s Prachacheun Police Station for allegedly violating police regulations when handling nine complaints filed against others by hig
Pol Maj-General Jaruwat Vaisaya said “the meeting had, so far, not drawn a conclusion, but it should be done by tomorrow so the police can announce this to the press by tomorrow afternoon”. 
He also said that other than the case investigators, the 419th police regulation clearly stated that a supervisor (the superintendent or an assigned deputy superintendent) must check the case report. 
He said this meant that up to 13 policemen were under scrutiny. He said that some police officers would be charged with violating the 419th police regulation for providing incomplete evidence and interrogation, and violating the criminal procedural law’s Article 131 for delaying the case. 
In related news, Central Investigation Bureau commissioner Thitirat Nongharnphithak yesterday confirmed that the wealthy woman from Udon Thani, whose disappearance in 2003 was allegedly linked to Monta, was dead. 
Police identified the wealthy woman as Chawiwan Tangviriya, from whom Monta sought to buy a 8-rai plot. It was reported that Chawiwan’s ex-husband Piti Tangviriyakul had also accompanied Monta to visit Chawiwan at the time. 
Police investigation found that Chawiwan was admitted to a clinic in Sakhon Nakhon on November 26, 2003 for seven days before she succumbed to liver cancer on December 2. Her funeral was held Wat Sri Sawang before she was cremated on December 3. 
After her death, the land was transferred to Piti and sold to another person for Bt8 million, Thitirat said. 
It was also found that Monta was the person who notified the authorities about the death. Police are now checking to see if Monta had a stake in the sale of the land or not, he added. 
Thitirat also said that Monta’s former chauffeur Sunthorn Khanhin – who was initially believed to have gone missing since 2012 and later found at a Pathum Thani temple before fleeing recently – has reportedly been spotted in the Northeast. 
An informed source said Sunthorn had contacted police via a monk that he would come to testify on July 22. 

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