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The wealth of “Joe Ferrari” leads to a large-scale investigation in which the colonel’s dealings are extensively examined

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 Thai activist Srisuwan Janya has formally asked the Anti-Money Laundering Bureau, or Amlo for short, to investigate Colonel Thitisan Utthanaphon’s wealth.

Srisuwan, Secretary-General of the Association for the Protection of the Thai Constitution, requested Amlo to investigate the vast amount of assets held by Colonel Thitisan, former chief of police in Nakhon’s main district. sawan.

Police Colonel Thitisan, aka “Joe Ferrari”, has been accused of ordering other officers to put a plastic bag over the head of Chiraphong Thanapat, a 24-year-old drug suspect, during questioning.

In his petition, Srisuwan wrote that he suspected that Colonel Thitisan’s assets had been obtained as a means of laundering his ill-gotten gains.

His possessions include a luxury house in the Panya Inthra residential area in Bangkok’s Khlong Sam Wa district, and 29 cars worth more than 100 million baht.

Srisuwan said it was hard to imagine how Colonel Thitisan could afford to live in such luxury on a monthly salary of 43,000 baht.

Separately, agents charged with investigating the case against Colonel Thitisan have completed the interrogation of six subordinates allegedly involved.

Crime Fighting Department commander Major General Suwat Saengnoom said on Tuesday that the six officers gave their statements as witnesses to the murder as they were present when the victim, Chiraphong, was arrested and taken to Muang Police Station. for questioning.

When asked about a social media rumour that Colonel Thitisan suffers from bipolar disorder, the CSD commander was noncommittal.

“It depends on the evidence whether he suffered it before or after [the alleged crime] and whether or not he was treated. Vague allegations carry no weight in the case,” Major General Suwat said.

The CSD chief rejected claims that police will assist the suspects and said their handling of the case will be based on evidence.

Speaking of Colonel Thitisan’s obvious wealth, the CSD chief said the Economic Crime Control Division (ECD) has been appointed to investigate his assets and his handling of the seizure and sale of more than 300 illegally imported luxury cars.

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