Thai Police Officers Suffocate Drug Suspect During Extortion Attempt

The Nakhon Sawan Provincial Court in central Thailand issued arrest warrants on Wednesday against a Nakon Sawan senior police officer and his six subordinates after a video of the police officers suffocating a man to death with a plastic bag went viral on social media. 

The arrest warrant was issued on the charges of participating in illegal acts, collaborating to intimidate an individual, and committing murder. 

Royal Thai Police Inspector-General Wissanu Prasartthong-osoth confirmed the arrest of four of the seven officers involved, saying that Thitisan Uthanapol, the senior police officer, “cannot hope for mercy.”

Thai Prime Minister General Prayut also ordered the national police to launch a fact-finding probe into the incident. 

“The prime minister wants the national police chief to examine the clip and give justice to the deceased,” a Bangkok Post source said.

On Tuesday, lawyer Sittha Biabangkerd posted on his Facebook page the viral video of the police officers assaulting and putting a plastic bag over the head of a man who was later identified as a 24-year-old drug suspect. 

The video also showed the senior police officer demanding two million baht from the drug suspect.

Biabangkerd wrote on the video description that the video clip was sent to him by a junior police officer who asked for his help in bringing the case up to the national police chief. 

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