The Kanchanaburi provincial court on Monday (Feb 12) held a pre-trial hearing of the 30-million baht First Prize lottery controversy in which a retired police officer and a school teacher have been claiming the ownership of the five winning tickets.

Before the pre-trial hearing, the court tried to convince the two rival parties, Pol Lt Charoon Wimon, 62, and Mr Preecha Kraikruan, 50, to settle their conflict without going through the lengthy court proceedings, but to no avail as both sides wanted to fight the case in the court.

The court instructed the two parties to present their witnesses and, at the same time, set four issues for examination in the court.

The plaintiff, school teacher Preecha, presented a list of 15 witnesses while the defendant, Pol Lt Charoon, presented a list of 12 witnesses. The court scheduled May 1-4 as the dates for Preecha to present his witnesses to testify while Pol Lt Charoon is to present his witnesses to testify on May 9-11.

Charoon's lawyer, Mr Natthapol Termsaithong, said he would present a list of additional witnesses within the next 20 days. He declined to name the additional witnesses.

He said that he did not feel heavy-hearted at all because his client, Charoon, was fully aware from the beginning that he was the real owner of the five winning lottery tickets of November 1 draw.

The school teacher is required to prove to the court the following four issues: firstly, that the plaintiff's lawsuit has covered the four issues; secondly, that the plaintiff is the owner of the lottery tickets in question; thirdly, that the defendant has committed wrongful act against the plaintiff; and fourthly, that the defendant will be held accountable for the plaintiff or not.

Charoon told the media on Monday he was still 100 percent confident that he was the rightful owner of the lottery tickets and he believes that the court would be fair to him.

Preecha, meanwhile, said his only concern was that the media did not report accurately, adding that he was ready to meet the media any time if they had any questions.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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