The Criminal Court yesterday sentenced a former Border Patrol Police officer to seven years in jail and each of his four police subordinates to five years for abuse of authority and assault.
Pol Captain Nat Chonnitiwanich was found guilty of abuse of authority and assault, while the four former police sergeants-major – Niran Taemchuay, Rangsiman Sukkaew, Panang or Jakrin Duangkamol and Apisak Polsawat – were found guilty of abuse of authority.
The complaint said that on January 6 and 7, 2007, Nat and his team detained a couple for alleged possession of 20 yaba pills in Nakhon Si Thammarat, tortured them to obtain confessions and demanded Bt200,000 for their release. The couple, who were turned over to police to face legal action, were later acquitted. A source said Nat and seven Border Patrol officers were sentenced last December to 12 years for kidnapping a woman, planting drugs on her and blackmailing her. Nat was given an additional 10 years for raping her while she was being held.