Two more Kanchanaburi police involved in lottery case transferred

Two Kanchanaburi provincial police officers who were originally involved in the investigation of the 30-million baht lottery controversy were transferred out of the province to Bangkok-based Crime Suppression Division (CSD) as of Thursday (Feb 22).

The two officers were identified as Pol Lt-Col Chuwit Charoennark, deputy superintendent for inquiry affairs, and Pol Cpt Jirayuth Chatcharinkul, deputy inspector for inquiry affairs.

Earlier, Pol Maj-Gen Sutthi Puangpikul, the commander of Kanchanaburi provincial police, was transferred to assume an inactive post at the operation centre of the Royal Thai Police Bureau allegedly for his interference in the police investigation of the lottery case.

Pol Maj-Gen Sutthi said he was ready to follow the transfer order and insisted that he had dealt with the lottery dispute case in a straightforward manner.

The Kanchanaburi provincial chief said he carefully considered all evidence and accounts in handling the case.

Meanwhile, Pol Lt-Gen Thitiraj Nhongharnpitak, commissioner of Central Investigation Bureau, said Friday (Feb 23) that one of the two parties fighting for the ownership of the five winning lottery tickets told lies about the lottery issue.

He declined to elaborate, but said that the case would be cleared up on Feb 28 when Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda, the national police chief, would hold a press conference to talk about the case and the investigating report of the CSD police.

For the time being, he said the case was already 90 percent completed and the CSD police would need to wrap up some minor points of the case.

Pol Lt-Gen Thitiraj admitted that the Kanchanaburi police who handled the case from the beginning did not have experience in handling such a case and mishandled the case after two parties filed complaints claiming ownership of the lottery tickets.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)