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FBI to aid Thai police in criminal profiling

Thai police and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation have held discussions over the establishment of modern investigation guidelines for criminal profiling in Thailand, with the child serial killer "Nui" possibly being used as a case study, a senior police official said yesterday.

Following a meeting with two FBI agents, assistant national police chief Chaiyong Keeratikhachorn said the FBI had provided advice about interrogation techniques and criminal profiling in cases including those involving serial killers and missing children, as in Nui's case, which would be useful for the work of the Thai police.

The Central Investigation Bureau has established a behavioural science unit for use in police investigations |and to help reduce allegations of |police beating confessions out of |suspects or arresting scapegoats, he said.

The Bureau will hold training sessions from April 25-30 for police officers to boost their investigation skills via the utilisation of behavioural science, about which FBI agents will transfer their knowledge and experience to Thai police.

Last month, Phra Khanong Provincial Court handed down a death sentence to Nui - before reducing it to life imprisonment - for abducting, raping and killing a six-year-old girl in Bangkok last year.

It was reported that he had allegedly abducted and killed at least other nine victims, including a four-year-old girl in Loei.


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