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Pol Col Wachira Yaothaisong, a superintendent at the Highway Police Division and the immediate superior to Pol Maj Sivakorn Saibua, who was shot dead in Nakhon Pathom last week , shot himself at his residence in Pathum Thani province this afternoon (Monday).

He is one of the 25 police officers, who were at the house of Praween Chanklai, aka “Kamnan Nok” in Nakhon Pathom province last Wednesday night and who are under investigation following the murder of Sivakorn.

Initial reports say that Pol Col Wachira with his service pistol. He was among a group of police officers who had rushed Sivakorn to a hospital in Nakhon Pathom after the shooting.


Pol Gen Torsak tipped to be new national police chief

In a move, described as a win-win, deputy police commissioner Pol Gen Roy Ingkapairote will be appointed National Security Council (NSC) chief, paving the way for Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol to become the new police commissioner, an informed source said today (Monday).

Both Roy, the most senior deputy commissioner of the four, and Torsak, the second most senior, will reach their retirement age next September.

If either of them is promoted to the top police post, replacing Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittipraphat who is due to retire at the end of this month, one of them will retire as the deputy commissioner.

“It is likely that Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin will transfer Roy to be NSC chief and appoint Torsak as the new police commissioner,” the source said.

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8 hours ago, reader said:


Both Roy, the most senior deputy commissioner of the four, and Torsak, the second most senior, will reach their retirement age next September.


long term planning indeed, promoting somebody who retires in 1 year. It must be either ego booster or opening window to fat departure bonus on retirement. Or both

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Suspect held 1,544 state construction projects

Praween Chanklai, aka “Kamnan Nok, operates two construction firms, P. Phatanarungrod and P. Raweekanok, which have won contracts in 1,544 construction projects in 11 provinces combined. These contracts have been worth 7 billion baht since 2011, according to police investigation reports.

Praween, former head of Ta Kong sub-district in Mueang district of Nakhon Pathom province, is currently being held in police custody for the alleged murder of a highway police officer and wounding another at his house on September 6th, after one of the victims declined his request for the promotion of one of his men.

Several state agencies, among them the Department of Special Investigation, the National Anti-Corruption Commission, the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission, the Revenue Department and the Central Investigation Bureau are investigating Praween’s vast construction business, to determine whether the contracts with state and local agencies were won through price collusion or the intimidation of competitors.


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Speculation grows over Kamnan Nok’s actual whereabouts

The mysteries surrounding the detention of convicted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has also caused many to doubt whether Praween Chanklai, “aka “Kamnan Nok”, a prime suspect in the murder of a police officer, is really being detained in Bangkok Remand Prison.

Scores of comments on social media are demanding that the Corrections Department provide solid proof that Praween is really in the prison.

Others claim that the man presently in detention is a Praween doppelganger.

They do not believe in the country’s justice system, many of them say, out of a local belief that prison is only for the poor, as rich people, like Thaksin, and influential figures, like Praween, receive “special” treatment and don’t have to stay in prison.

Speculation over Praween’s actual whereabouts have gone viral, forcing the Corrections Department to publically deny it.

The department’s director general Ayuth Sintoppant reiterated that Praween is definitely being held in detention.

Many believe that it is because of his money and power that Thaksin, a convict, is being allowed to receive medical treatment outside prison.

They even wonder whether Thaksin is now residing in his house. The Corrections Department has refused to provide images of Thaksin in hospital, claiming protection of privacy.

Therefore, no one outside his family, the police, prison officials and hospital staff have seen him or photos of him since his high profile return from self-imposed exile on August 22.

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