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The Police Crime Prevention Department has confirmed that the investigation into the case of former police chief of Nakhon Sawan Police Station, Colonel Thitsan Uthanapol, has been concluded and prosecutors will initiate legal proceedings within this week.

Former Colonel Thitisan and six accomplices are accused of demanding bribes of 2 million baht from two drug suspects and then smothering a male suspect with a plastic bag on Aug.

After Thitisan was arrested on August 26, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) launched an investigation into his finances because they believed the police officer was abnormally limp. Thitisan had earned the nickname “Joe Ferrari” on social media due to his lavish lifestyle and collection of expensive sports cars.

The Crime Control Department said investigators have gathered evidence related to the murder, including the verdict of the Nakhon Sawan Provincial Court.

As for the irregularities related to the seizure of more than 400 luxury cars by Thitisan, the department said their investigators were awaiting additional evidence.

“However, we believe that legal proceedings against the defendants can continue in this case as well, as the investigative team uncovered irregularities throughout the proceedings, such as seizures, bribes, arrests and auctions,” the department said.

Meanwhile, Thitisan’s lawyer, Chokchai Angkaew, said he and Thitisan’s relatives were ready to apply for bail once prosecutors filed the case.

He said bail for murder suspects ranged between 400,000-500,000 baht, adding that the suspects will wait to see if the prosecutor objects to the bail request.

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