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Case file against Kanchanaburi police chief regarding lottery controversy sent to NACC

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A malfeasance in office case file against Pol Maj-Gen Sutthi Puangpikul, commander of Kanchanaburi police in connection with the 30-million baht lottery tickets controversy has been submitted to the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

The Kanchanaburi police commander, who has been transferred to an inactive post at the operations centre of the Royal Police Office, was probed by police from the Counter Corruption Police Division for alleged dereliction of duty.

He was accused of interfering with the investigation of the lottery controversy by Kanchanaburi police.

An informed police source said that the 800-page case file included result of the examination of the computer used by the police inquiry officer of Kanchanaburi district police which was allegedly tampered with by Pol Maj-Gen Sutthi; result of the examination of the mobile phone of school teacher Preecha Kraikruan, one of two persons claimed to be the owner of the prize-winning lottery tickets, and testimonies of 13 witnesses.

Pol Maj-Gen Sutthi was reported to have tried to mediate the conflict over the lottery tickets between Mr Preecha and Pol Lt Charoon Wimoon, by suggesting the retired police officer to split the 30 million baht prize money half-half between him and the school teacher.  But Pol Lt Charoon shot down the mediation offer.

The source said that the case file would be studied by officials first before it was to be passed on to the anti-graft body because the case involved a high-ranking police officer.

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