Thai Crime: Jo Ferrari and Colleagues Have Been Charged With Allegedly Killing Suspect

Thitisan Utthanaphon, the former police station chief in Nakhon Sawan and six of his subordinates are now facing criminal charges for allegedly suffocating a suspect to death to get 2 million baht. Police Serious Disciplinary Review Board filed a complaint against the seven officers. Nation Thailand states that officers have 15 days to appeal.
‘Joe Ferrari,’ a 41-year-old former cop known for his collection of expensive cars, is being held with six other officers at Bangkok’s Klong Prem Central prison, according to Nation Thailand. Surveillance footage shows officers placing plastic bags over a man’s head and beating him as he falls to the ground. A recent autopsy report shows the man died of suffocation, not an amphetamine overdose.
The former police station chief in Nakhon Sawan is also accused of suffocating a suspect to death in an attempt to extort 2 million baht from him. Six of his subordinates have allegedly committed disciplinary offenses while on duty. Seven officers face serious disciplinary action, according to the complaint. According to Nation Thailand, the officers can appeal their detention within 15 days.
Joe Ferrari, a 41-year-old ex-cop known for his collection of expensive cars, is being held at Bangkok’s Klong Prem Central prison with six other officers, according to Nation Thailand. The officers beat a man as he falls to the ground after placing plastic bags over his head. A recent autopsy report indicates that the man died from suffocation, not an amphetamine overdose.
Accusations of police brutality and bribery have prompted calls for reform. CCTV footage from the incident has been shared online, and the lawyer who shared the video told AFP reporters he released it to stop police “helping each other getaway” with murder.
“Many people think that interrogating suspects with black plastic bags has ceased because times have changed… However, this case proves that it is still done in secret.”
Thitisan’s extravagant lifestyle, especially for a rural cop, as well as his past relationships with celebrities attracted attention after his arrest. The AFP reports his personal fortune is around US$18 million… but the cop reportedly made 40,000 baht a month, or $1,195. According to local media, Thitisan owned a luxury mansion in Bangkok and a fleet of 42 high-end vehicles, including a US$1.5 million Lamborghini Aventador.
According to Thai media, the officer’s wealth came from auctioning hundreds of luxury cars confiscated by Thai customs, but activists are calling for an investigation into alleged money laundering.

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