Khru Jomsap faces perjury charge

Nakhon Phanom police today (Nov 24) accused Jomsap Sanmuangkote, a former teacher, of involvement with the gang which fabricated evidence to substantiate her petition for the retrial of her fatal car accident case a decade ago.

Pol Maj Gen Suvicharn Yankittikun, commander of Nakhon Phanom provincial police, said police would press perjury charge against the Mrs Jomsap and would also ask the court to issue arrest warrant for her.

Mrs Jomsap, who sought the court retrial of the case after she completed one year and three months jailterm, became the eighth suspect in the retrial scam.

The charge against the former schoolteacher came after the Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Pol Gen Wirachai Songmetta ordered the appointment of seven teams of police to investigate the retrial scam and to press more charges of all involved.

So far the police have named seven suspects in the perjury cases. The gang, led by another teacher Suriya Nualcharoen, allegedly hired Sap Wapee to confess that he was the driver of a pickup truck that fatally hit a man in 2005.

The Supreme Court on Nov 17 dismissed Mrs Jomsap’s petition to retrial the case, reasoning that the witnesses appeared to be suspicious.

The Supreme Court also took note of the existence of a gang who produced fake evidence to the court.

Mr Sap, a man who claimed to be the pickup truck driver in the deadly accident, has acknowledged the perjury charge and confessed that he was approached by Mr Suriya, who promised to pay him 400,000 baht, to give false statement to the police.