BANGKOK: Royal Thai Police are probing a report which claimed a senior police officer in Nakhon Sawan accidentally killed a drug suspect in a botched attempt to extort him out of B2 million(62k dollars)
An investigation was launched after the claim was made public by celebrity lawyer Decha Kittiwittayanan on Facebook.
According to Mr Decha’s post, the case began with the arrest of a man and woman over drug offences by a team from the provincial police.
The officers, he said, pressed the pair into agreeing to pay B1mn to be released.
However, a senior officer, a police colonel, demanded the pair double the amount.
As they negotiated the amount, the officer put a plastic bag over the man’s head to intimidate him, but he suffocated and died instead, the post said.
Before sending his body to the hospital, the senior officer instructed his subordinates to ensure the man’s cause of death was listed as a drug overdose.
He then released the woman from police custody, in exchange for keeping her mouth shut..