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The former director of the Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) Dr Khunying Pornthip Rojanasunand advised the family of the former land official in Phuket and Phang Nga to see the pathologist who performed autopsy on his body as soon as possible to inquire about the exact cause of death.
The former CIFS chief was commenting on the controversy surrounding the death of the land official Mr Thawatchai Anukul in the custody of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) one day after he was arrested in Nonthaburi for malfeasance in office over the unauthorized issuance of land ownership to influential people and businessmen to occupy forest and marine park areas in both Phuket and Phang Nga.
Autopsy by pathologist at the Institute of Forensic Medicine revealed that Thawatchai died of internal bleeding as the result of the rupturing liver caused by impact by hard object.
The post mortem examination disclosure sparked outcry by the victim’s family who doubted the contradictory explanation given to them shortly after his death.
At first the DSI said Thawatchai hanged himself with a shirt, later it said he used a sock.
Besides, DSI officials also called in emergency ambulance from the Mongkut Wattana, the nearest hospital, to treat an unconscious person, without elaborating.
DSI chief later suggested if ruptured liver could be the result of wrong performance of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) by the hospital’s medical team which first came to save his life.
The DSI’s suggestion drew anger from the hospital director who strongly contended that CPR could never caused rupture in the liver as it is located at different position from the heart.
Further disclosure of the cause of death included ruptured liver, internal bleeding, and suffocation.
Khunying Pornthip said it should look into all these causes to examine which cause came first, and came last.
The pathologist who performed the autopsy could give clear explanation on it, she said.
She said the disclosure of the cause was just preliminary result, but detailed report that could explain everything could determine what happened to the victim.
She said the victim’s family could ask for detailed report from the medical doctor and should do so as soon as possible, otherwise some witness evidence that are significant to pursue court case might disappear.