Retired police officer Charoon Wimoon said he was satisfied with the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) police investigating report on the 30-million baht lottery case although it stopped short of making clear who is the real owner of the five First Prize lottery tickets between him and school teacher Preecha Kraikruan.
Pol Lt Charoon and his lawyer, Mr Sittra Biabungkerd, held a press conference at Mr Sittra's office after watching live broadcast of the press conference chaired by the national police chief, Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda, to announce the CSD police findings on the lottery case.
Even without a clear-cut announcement about the real owner of the lottery tickets in question, the retired police officer said the fact that arrest warrants were issued against Mr Preecha and Mrs Rattanaporn Supathip, alias Jeh Babin, a lottery vendor, were enough a proof that he is the owner of the lottery tickets although the Civil Court will be the final arbiter to decide on the real owner of the lotteries.
He thanked the police chief for ordering the CSD to take over the investigating of the case from the Provincial Police Region 7 and praised Pol Lt-Gen Thitirat Nongharnpitak, commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau and CSD commander Pol Maj-Gen Maitri Chimcherd for handling the case in a fair and straightforward manner.
The retired police officer added that, after the end of this unfortunate affair, he would conduct a merit-making journey to forgive all those who caused him trouble and hardship.
Pol Lt Charoon's lawyer, Mr Sittra said he would ask for a copy of the CSD case file to begin a process of getting the remaining 25 million prize money impounded by the bank at the instruction of Kanchanaburi police which is allegedly part of the lottery scam gang.
The lawer said his client also planned to sue all those responsible for challenging the lottery ownership by filing false complaint to the police.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)