The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has set up a fact-finding panel to investigate whether nine of its officials had abused their positions in handling Jomsap Saenmuangkote’s request for the retrial of her case, said DSI chief Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang on Tuesday (Nov 28).
He also said that the DSI was ready to cooperate with the police in allowing the police to question the nine officials, who were part of a panel to consider Mrs Jomsap’s request for the retrial of her car accident case.
During the interrogation by the police last week, Mrs Jomsap, a 55-year-old perjury suspect, reportedly claimed that some DSI and Justice Ministry officials abetted her in trying to revive her case in which she was found guilty by three courts and sentenced to three years and two months in connection with the fatal road accident 12 years ago in Nakhon Phanom.
Meanwhile, Wallop Narkbua, chair of a panel set up by the Justice Ministry to probe the acceptance of Mrs Jomsap’s complaint for a retrial, said he would invite the nine DSI officials to give him information next week.
He said justice permanent secretary Wisit Wisitsora-at had instructed relevant officials to review the process of considering petitions for retrial or petitions against mistrial by alleged scapegoats.
In the meantime, Nakhon Phanom provincial police would seek the provincial court permission to further detain one of the perjury suspects, Suriya Nuancharoen, alias Khru Ong. The police will also object to the suspect’s request for bail for fear that he may interfere with the witnesses.
Another key suspect, Sap Wapee, and his wife were on Monday night (Nov 27) interrogated for the third running day by Nakhon Phanom police inquiry officers. Both were later released after the interrogation as the court had granted them bail because they turned themselves in to the police voluntarily.