Investigators seek more time to crack lottery case

national February 21, 2018 14:23

By The Nation

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The Crime Suppression Department (CSD) chief on Wednesday said police needed more time for investigations before it could conclude who was the real owner of the winning Bt30-million lottery.

Pol Maj-General Maitri Chimcherd urged media not to publish speculative reports, as it would cause confusion among the public.

“The investigative team is working hard and putting in their best efforts to find out the legitimate owner of the ticket,” he said.

Two individuals, a teacher and a retired police officer, both residents of Kanchanaburi province, have claimed ownership of the ticket that won the November 1 draw.

The case was initially under the jurisdiction of Kanchanaburi police, which recently revealed that the ticket belonged to teacher Preecha Kraikruan, 60, and not retired officer Charoon Wimul, 62.

Seventh Region police commander Pol Lt-General Kittipong Ngammuk said the local police had come to the conclusion based on witness testimonies, however there was no evidence to back up the claim.

National police chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda then ordered the case to be taken over by the CSD amidst rumours that the Kanchanaburi police had sided with the teacher.

Maitri told reporters on Wednesday that he himself went to receive files of the investigation from Kanchanaburi police after the case was transferred.

“The CSD has obtained two cases concerning the lottery –Preecha’s complaints against Charoon for allegedly receiving stolen items or embezzlement, and Charoon’s complaint against Preecha for filing false reports,” Maitri said.

However, he said, there were a lot of documents in the files of Preecha’s complaints against Charoon while nothing had been done about Charoon’s complaint against Preecha.

He assured that the police were not trying to drag their feet on the case but the investigation has to be thorough and careful in order to get answers to questions about the case.

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