Thai actress Tangmo’s five sailing companions are set to pass lie detector tests again. This is the recommendation of Senator Somchai, Chair of the Standing Committee on Human Rights, Consumer Rights, Freedoms and Protection.
He made the statement to the media after a meeting on Monday, during which he heard reports from police and medical examiners involved in the ongoing investigation.
Somchai recommended the polygraph tests because witnesses have given conflicting statements to police and the case has made very little progress, after nearly a month of investigation, while the media circus surrounding them continues.
The senator said he also suspected the five boat mates might have been coached by someone before being questioned by police. And he suggested the police try to locate the actress’ skirt, saying it could provide an additional clue.
Notably, Tango was shown wearing a white skirt around her waist in photographs taken the night she died. The item of clothing was not found on the actress’ body when it was found in the Chao Phraya River two days after the incident, but the item of clothing has yet to be located.
Somchai also said police will be asked to review some details of the ongoing investigation, including Tangmo’s skirt, a bruise on her chest, the deep wound on her thigh and a blood sample.
The late actress’ mother reportedly asked the senator to closely monitor the investigation into her daughter’s death.
This is not the first time polygraphs have been mentioned in the survey. Last month, national police chief Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk said police would use polygraphs when questioning the five boaters to aid the investigation.
Since then, there has been no news whether the five witnesses actually underwent polygraph tests and, if so, what the results were. It’s unclear why they would have to undergo a second round of polygraph tests if police had used them once before.
Police also conducted five days of boat reconstructions with each of the witnesses, to determine the events that took place on the speedboat that night. But police say the witnesses gave contradictory statements, leading them to believe they lied.
Police have previously said the five people will likely be charged with making a false statement and recklessness resulting in death.
It has been almost a month since Tangmo drowned in the Chao Phraya River, but police have yet to determine why she fell from the boat and who is to blame.
Last week, the Justice Department set up a panel of forensic experts to review the actress’ body re-examination.
Notably, Senator Khunying Pornthip, a Senate committee member and forensic expert, said that the existing evidence was not enough to determine that the actress’ death was an act of premeditated murder, but that it was more of a “homicide”.
Health officials plan to administer booster doses of the vaccine to 70% of Thailand’s elderly population ahead of the Songkran holiday in April.
The Department of Disease Control says it doesn’t want to see a repeat of last year, when infections and deaths spiked after the Thai New Year holiday, due to the inability to procure enough vaccines.
Wicharn says a third dose of a Covid-19 vaccine can help reduce the risk of serious illness and death and urged those who have not yet had it to get vaccinated. Provincial public health officials have been instructed to check the vaccination status of residents in their jurisdiction and offer a booster dose to all seniors. Wicharn says other relevant agencies, as well as the private sector, are urged to work with the government to ensure the 70% target can be met on time.
The police have been closing three bars for five years in the Thonburi district of Bangkok without much explanation.
The three so-called “places of service”, which are code for you know what, have been shut down for committing offenses that violate Thailand’s 1966 “Entertainment Act” and a 2015 government order.
The places are named Poseidon Pub, New Jazz and Lan-Lao. The Poseidon Pub is believed to have been closed in the past and was raided by police in 2019 with 38 people testing positive for drugs in on-site tests.
The 2015 “places of service” control measures document issues guidelines that include denial of service to persons under 20, operation and sale of alcohol within legal hours and prohibition the use of weapons or narcotics in the place.
The court issued the final verdict that all three bars committed an offense violating these acts, but it is unclear which rules the bars were breaking. The Deputy Chief of Police signed an order to close the three sites for five years.
The Deputy Chief added that the CCSA does not have a special policy for “places of service”, which are classified as places of entertainment and must remain closed under Covid regulations.
Agents in southern Thailand found hundreds of kilograms of crystal meth hidden in electronic fryers packaged for shipment overseas.
A couple have been arrested after officers raided a house and a motorcycle repair shop, seizing methamphetamine at both locations, which in total weighed more than half a ton with a street value of 117 million baht.
A 43-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman were arrested. Officers also seized an Isuzu pickup truck, a shotgun with three cartridges, and six cell phones.
When questioned by the police, the man allegedly told the officers that the drugs had to be shipped out of Thailand. He also named two other suspects involved in the operation. Acting on the information, officers raided a house where the suspects were staying. No one was home, but police found another 108 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in electric fryers, just like at the repair shop, and another 100 kilograms waiting to be packaged.
The family of the noodle vendor who was shot dead by a drunk, off-duty policeman on Phuket‘s บางลา road last year is seeking compensation of 15 million baht.
The 25-year-old salesman was shot in the stomach with the bullet lodged in his spine, paralyzing him from the waist down. The officer is now on trial for attempted murder, carrying a gun in a public place without necessary reason and shooting a gun in a public place.
In February last year, the vendor was shot in the stomach by the inebriated officer as he walked tending to customers late at night on the popular pedestrian street. Video footage shows the officer then approaching the vendor, who had fallen to the ground, then shooting him again at close range. The officer then slapped the salesman in the face, picked him up, pushed him over, then kicked him before walking away.
The officer reportedly drank for hours and ended up in a heated argument with another man. Reports say he accidentally fired the gun at the passing salesman.
Surgeons were able to remove the bullet that was lodged in the man’s spine, but he was left paralyzed from the waist down. His wife takes care of him and the two children.
After some delays, the Phuket Provincial Court held hearings last week, hearing from witnesses. The court will hear testimony from the last two witnesses on April 7. A lawyer for the family says the CCTV footage is important evidence that could lead to the conviction.
The tradition of scattering the ashes of a loved one in a river in the province of Isaan has been banned in a working-class neighborhood after locals reported the service dumped not only the cremated remains, but also ritual objects and the personal property of the deceased. Sometimes even mattresses and pillows were thrown away.
In northeast Thailand, known as Isaan, some families will travel far to scatter ashes in the Moon River at Nakhon Ratchasima. It is common for boats to be moored at popular locations, such as temples, to take families to the river to scatter the ashes.
A boat service took up to five families down the river each day and allowed them to cast ceremonial items, such as candles and incense sticks, as well as the deceased’s personal items.
After residents of seven villages in Chalermprakiat district complained about a boat service, the provincial governor banned the ritual in the public park along the river. He also ordered officers to police the riverfront and district officials to file charges against the boat service for violating health regulations, saying they could face up to three months in jail and a fine of up to up to 25,000 baht.