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Mongkut Wattana’s paramedics summoned for more questioning

Mongkut Wattana hospital's paramedics who performed chest compressions and CPR on former Phuket land official Thawatchai Anukul were summoned by police to Thung Song Hong police station for further questioning.

Pol Col Mana Pohchuey, superintendent of Thung Song Hong police declined to elaborate why the paramedics have to be questioned again. But he, however, said that he was informed that the Institute of Forensic Science is now ready to perform another autopsy on the victim and is awaiting a go-head signal from a special panel of the Justice Ministry.

The first autopsy showed that Mr Thawatchai suffered ruptured lungs and abdominal bleeding, sparking off suspension that he might be killed. But the Department of Special Investigation earlier suggested that a mishandled CPR by the paramedics from Mongkut Wattana hospital might have caused the lungs to rupture causing internal bleeding.

Thawatchai who was facing a probe for allegedly forging documents to facilitate the issuance of title deeds for land plots worth over 10 billion baht in Phuket province was initially thought to have hanged himself with his own socks at the detention room of the DSI on the night of August 30.

But the director of the hospital has categorically denied that the CPR process could have caused the fatal injuries.

Meanwhile, Pol Maj-Gen Thawatchai Mekprasertsook, commander of the Police Scientific and Crime Detection Division, said his officers were trying to determine whether it was possible that the socks was used by the victim in committing suicide and whether they could have caused his death.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)