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Police to probe death of land official in DSI custody

In a rare case of investigation, the Royal Thai Police says the family of the victim died in the custody of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) could seek the hand of the police to investigate if they fear of foul play.

At a press conference yesterday a Royal Thai Police spokesman announced that the relatives of the deceased had every right to file charges and ask for an investigation if they suspect any foul play.

They can do so by filing charges with the Thung Song Hong police station, he said.

He goes on to affirm that autopsy procedures performed by the Forensic Medicine Institute was in accordance with international standards and furthermore assured the public that the commissioner had placed the highest priority in finding the actual cause of death and that the case must be handled fairly.

Meanwhile DSI deputy chief Pol Col Songsak Raksaksakul said today that a DSI official on duty at the detention room where the suspect was first reported to hang himself has contacted the Thung Song Hong police station for questioning.

Thung Song Hong police investigator said so far only one DSI official who is a guard had been questioned.

Justice Minister Gen Phaiboon Koomchaya also said the relatives of the victim has the right to file complaint to the police if they wanted to.

He also said he was awaiting full report of the autopsy to know what exactly caused death.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)