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The Royal Thai Police said Saturday that a selection process would be held this week to choose an appropriate female investigator to travel to England to interview the woman who claims she was raped on Koh Tao.
And they have accepted they may have been looking in the wrong spot.
Pol Maj-Gen Surachate Hakpan – known as Big Joke who earlier suggested that he would be travelling to England himself – said that the British Embassy and authorities in England had requested that a woman go to the UK.
He said that conducting an interview and investigation outside Thailand was a “difficult” matter but that the foreign authorities had faith and confidence in the RTP that it would be handled properly.
The UK authorities appreciated the Thai police work in investigating the allegations while there was no formal report made by the alleged victim, he said.
Daily News did not comment if this all meant that Maj-Gen Surachate would not be going to the UK himself.
The alleged victim – now said to be 20 – claimed that she was drugged and raped on the island in June. An initial visit by Surachate to the island turned up no evidence but it now turns out he may have been looking in the wrong place.
In response to questions that the previously discredited online group “CSI LA” had said that Surachate went to the wrong site of the alleged rape he said that his investigation followed the comments of the mother of the victim in statements to the UK media.
Whether this was in fact the spot where the alleged crime took place is a matter in the continuing investigation.
The Maj-Gen reiterated that if a crime took place those responsible would be prosecuted and if it had been made up then similarly those who lied must be held accountable.