DSI says it has no jurisdiction to probe Thawatchai’s death

The Department of Special Investigation announced on Monday that it did not have the jurisdiction to investigate the mysterious death of former Phuket and Phang-nga land official Thawatchai Anukul because it was not regarded as a special case.

However, the DSI is willing and ready to give full cooperation to the Thung Song Hong police in its investigation of the case.

The above remarks were made by Pol Maj Woranan Srilum, deputy spokesman of the DSI in response to public suspicion of the department’s conduct and its alleged cover-up of the cause of the death.

The deputy spokesman clarified that the DSI had no duty to probe Thawatchai’s death because the department had no jurisdiction over the case.  However, he said the DSI could not deny its responsibility because the victim died while he was in the DSI’s custody.

He went on saying that the DSI wanted the case to be cleared up so that the public’s doubt with the DSI would be cleared.

Regarding a report that the victim’s younger brother, Mr Chainarong, will seek justice from Pol Col Dusadee Arayavuth, deputy permanent secretary for justice, this week, Pol Maj Woranan said the victim’s relatives had the right to do so.

He disclosed that two former security guards who were on duty at the DSI head office on the night Thawatchai died would be summoned for questioning by an investigating panel which is to be set up.

The two guards used to be employees of the War Veterans Organization.  One of them has retired and the other quit his job at the DSI to work as a security guard at the Supreme Court.