12 July 2024

Four charges, including murder by torture or brutal acts, will be filed with public prosecutors tomorrow (Wednesday) against Thitisan Utthanaphon, aka “Joe Ferrari” and six other former police officers for allegedly suffocating a suspect to death with plastic bags.

Deputy National Police Chief Suchart Thiraswasdi, told the media today (Tuesday) that the officers handling the case have wrapped up their investigation and are ready to submit the case to public prosecutors tomorrow.

The three other charges to be filed against the seven former police officers, all attached to Nakhon Sawan’s Muang district police office, are malfeasance in office, negligence of duty and coercion.

Regarding the 400 smuggled luxurious cars, reportedly seized by Thitisan over the past several years and which earned him substantial rewards from the Customs Department, Pol Gen Suchart said that the investigation of the case is about 80% complete, adding that they had uncovered several suspicious matters relating to the reward claims.

Police have impounded about 131 million baht worth of suspected ill-gotten assets of Thitisan, which include a 57-million baht house in a Bangkok suburb, about two dozen expensive cars and 18 guns.