A Thai police officer, dubbed “Joe Ferrari” for his huge number of automobiles, has been charged with homicide after a video of him allegedly torturing and killing a suspected drug broker went viral.
Colonel Thitisan Utthanaphon and 6 different officials face fees of extortion, dereliction of accountability and confining an individual towards their will for the 5 August incident at their police station, mentioned Ittiporn Kaewtip, spokesperson for the lawyer basic’s administrative center.
The lawyer basic should now make a decision whether or not to ship the case to courtroom.
The suspects, who additionally come with a police main, captain and lieutenant, may face the demise penalty if convicted.
Col Utthanaphon became himself in after a national manhunt and used to be given the bizarre alternative to deal with journalists and resolution their questions through phone in a information convention known as through police.
He insisted he used to be making an attempt to get knowledge from the drug broker about the place he had stashed his major provide of methamphetamine.
“Since I have been within the police I’ve by no means been enthusiastic about corruption,” the colonel mentioned.
“I didn’t have any aim to kill him. I simply sought after to do my paintings.”
Warrants had been issued for the arrest of the seven officials for homicide after a video emerged of a person suffocating after plastic luggage had been put over his head.
The crowd had been allegedly looking to extort two million Thai baht (£44,399) from the person.
The case led to public uproar after video used to be shared on social media, and looked as if it would display Thitisan directing a dangerous attack at the suspect.
The suspect used to be thrown to the ground through officials who put extra luggage on his head. One in all them seems to in short kneel at the guy, recognized through Thai media as 24-year-old Jeerapong Thanapat, who then is going limp.
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Allegations of police brutality and corruption are in style in Thailand, and world rights teams known as for the officials concerned to be held responsible.
The video used to be posted through a well known lawyer, Decha Kittiwittayanan, who mentioned he had gained a criticism from a junior police officer.
The criticism alleged that the police had demanded 1 million baht (£22,000) from the 24-year-old guy who used to be killed and his feminine significant other, who were picked up with greater than 100,000 methamphetamine capsules.
When they agreed to pay, Thitisan allegedly demanded double that quantity and ordered his subordinates to hide the male suspect’s head with a plastic bag and beat him till he agreed.
When the suspect died, Thitisan allegedly ordered his males to take the frame to the health center and inform the physician the demise used to be led to through a drug overdose.
The lady used to be launched however advised to not say the rest about it, whilst Thitisan allegedly paid the sufferer’s father to stay silent.