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DSI: No bruises found on the body of former Phang-nga land official

The Department of Special Investigation has not received a report from the Forensic Science Institute of the Police General Hospital about the autopsy result of former Phang-nga land official Mr Thawatchai Anukul who was suspected to have hanged himself to death in the detention cell of the DSI.

DSI deputy director-general Pol Col Songsak Raksaksakul told a press conference late Wednesday afternoon that, in accordance with procedure, the autopsy report would be submitted to enquiry officers at Thung Song Hong police station, the scene of the incident, who would incorporate the report into the case file about Thawatchai's death for submission to the court.

He stressed that the DSI could not interfere in this process.

Regarding the cotton socks found tied around Thawatchai's neck, Pol Col Songsak said they were brought for the suspect by his relatives and he asked for them on late Tuesday night because it was cold in the detention cell.

He explained that three officials of Mongkut Wattana hospital performed CPR on Thawatchai for about 15 mintues when they found he was still breathing before he was rushed to the hospital.

More CPR were performed manually and with the help of machines on the suspect and it was possible that these might have caused abdominal bleeding, said the DSI deputy chief, adding that no bruises were found on the suspect's body which could indicate that he might be beaten up.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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