RTP urged to transfer Kanchanaburi police chief to ensure transparency in lottery dispute probe

The Royal Thai Police (RTP) commissioner has been urged to transfer Kanchanaburi Provincial Police commander out of the province to ensure justice and transparency in the investigation of the 30-million-baht first prize lottery tickets dispute.

Atchariya Ruangrattanapong, chairman of the Crime Victims Assistance Club, today (Feb 5) submitted a petition to Royal Thai Police commander Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda, asking him to temporary move the Kanchanaburi police chief to work at the RTP headquarters in Bangkok.

Mr Atchariya said Kanchanaburi police officers in charge of the 30-million-baht first prize lottery tickets dispute case had been working under pressure with the presence of the provincial police chief.

He said the provincial police chief could be put back to the job once the investigation was completed and the case was concluded.

The lottery tickets dispute in Kanchanaburi province has been dragged on for more than three months now with both claimants�school teacher Preecha Kraikruan and retired police officer Pol Lt Charoon Wimon�insisted that they were the owner of the five lottery tickets that won the first prize worth 30 million baht in the Nov 1 draw.

Mr Preecha lodged a complaint with the police that he lost the five lottery tickets and he believed Pol Lt Charoon took them and brought them to pick up the prize.

Provincial Police Region 7 police which handled the case announced last week that they have evidence to prove that the five First Prize lottery tickets belong to Mr Preecha, not Pol Lt Charoon.

But Mr Atchariya said yesterday (Feb 4) that an investigation by his group found that the local police’s handling of this case was unusual and he believed that Mr Preecha was not the owner of the five lottery tickets in dispute.

He said he would submit all the evidence he obtained to the Provincial Police Region 7 on Tuesday (Feb 6).

He warned the school teacher to speak the truth or else he could face perjury charge and could be dismissed from duty.

Mr Atchariya said the investigation by his group showed six persons, including two state officials who are familiar with the justice system, were involved in making false claim that Mr Preecha was the real owner of the lottery tickets.

The two state officials recently offered to be witnesses for Mr Preecha while claiming that they sighted the lottery vendor delivered the lottery tickets to the schoolteacher, he said.

Mr Atchariya warned Mr Preecha to speak the whole truth in three days otherwise he would expose all evidence that was substantial to bring those involved in making the false claim over lottery ownership to justice.

He added that his group’s investigation would not overlap with the working of the retired police officer’s lawyer, Sittra Biabungkerd, as his group would focus on proving that Mr Preecha was not the real owner of the lottery tickets.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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