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Once-celebrated Colonel Thitisan Uthanapol, aka ‘Joe Ferrari’ buried under a string of charges


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The Police Crime Suppression Division plans to file charges under Section 172 of the Organic Anti-Corruption Act against the former chief of Nakhon Sawan Police Station, Colonel Thitisan Uthanapol, a.k.a. as ‘Joe Ferrari’.

Colonel Thitisan has been accused of demanding 2 million baht from two drug suspects for asphyxiating a male suspect with plastic bags on August 5.

After his August 26, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) launched an investigation into his finances, as they believe that Thitisan, also known on social media as “Joe Ferrari” due to his lavish lifestyle as a sports car enthusiast, has become darling rich. .

Police Colonel Anek Taosuphab, deputy. the crime-fighting chief said his agency is gathering evidence to file the Section 172 charges against Thitisan after the Nakhon Sawan provincial court ruled the male suspect’s cause of death was asphyxiation.

“According to the court report, Thitisan and six accomplices tortured 24-year-old Jiraphong Thanaphat and then kept his head in a plastic bag for more than six minutes until he suffocated.

“Thitisan and his men investigated the suspect in a drug case before this led to the intentional arrest.

Article 172 of the Organic Anti-Corruption Act provides that any official who performs or fails to perform an act in the position or duties or misuses power in the position or duties to cause harm to any person, or performs or neglects duties to perform duties in bad faith shall be punished by imprisonment of one to ten years or a fine of two thousand baht to two hundred thousand baht or a combination of both.

Thitisan also faces other charges, including murder, perjury and violation of police discipline.

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