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Prayut orders fair probe of mysterious death of businessman

Mystery shrouded the death of a 50-year-old property development businessman last month drew attention from the prime minister with his instruction for the national police chief to ensure justice for all parties concerned.

The latest development in the death of Mr Chuwong Sae Tang was revealed today by the Royal Thai Police commissioner Pol Gen Somyos Phumphanmuang after he victim’s family lodged complaint at Damrongtham justice centre at the Prime Minister’s Office seeking justice for the killed victim.

Chuwong was first reported died on the spot in a car accident on June 26 in Udomsuk Area in the eastern suburb of Bangkok.

Driver of the van who was former deputy commerce minister Pol Lt-Col Boonyin Tangpakorn admitted to have driven the businessman back home after a golf play.

He also suffer injuries when the van lost control and rammed at a roadside after he swerved to avoid hitting a vehicle overtaking his car at close range.

The former minister was later charged by Udomsuk station police with reckless driving that caused death to the businessman.

His body was later cremated in a religious ceremony held by family.

But suspicion rises after relative received documents of share transfer from a finance company stating Mr Chuwong had transferred 9.5 million shares of a SET-listed green energy firm worth 228 million baht to two women four days before his death.

This prompted the wife and daughter of the dead to ask the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) police to reinvestigate as they suspected it was not a normal car accident. They also lodged complaint with the national police chief.

Today Pol Gen Somyos said Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered him to ensure justice for all concerned and try to divulge all the shrouded mystery.

Pol Gen Somyos said he has ordered metropolitan police commissioner Pol Lt Gen Srivara Rangsipramkul to appoint a special police team to investigate.

He said the case was originally believed to be a normal accident case as there was no evidence to link to murder.

He said he has not yet received autopsy report from the police yet, adding if there was a new twist in the case, all details would be collected for reinvestigation.

He also disclosed that the former minister had come to see him yesterday to prove his innocence after relatives suspected the case was not accident but murder.

As he was the only person with the victim in the van, he was then suspected, he said.

Pol Lt Col Boonyin yesterday came out to deny the case was murder conspiracy, saying he got nothing from the share transfer as it was not in his names but the names of two women.

But he admitted of knowing the two women who received the shares.

He recalled that he was also injured and fell unconscious in the van but was woke up when a rescue worker came to knock on the windshield.

He said if he did kill the businessman he didn’t have to do it by himself but hired other to do so.

He said he was innocent.

But other sources said the case was unusual when the police book did not record that the businessman died on the sport on the night of the accident. It was only recorded a few days afterwards the victim died.

This was contradicted to testimony by the rescue worker who first came to the van and found the businessman died in the car.

So he left the body inside pending arrival of doctor and forensic police to examine first.

Besides, autopsy by the Institute of Forensic Medicine showed he died from impact from hard objects as sores were detected at many organs inside his body and on the left side of his back head.

His rib bones were also broken but there was no internal bleeding.

This indicated that the man might have been dead before the accident.

Thai PBS

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