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Arrested former lands official found dead in DSI cell

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A former lands official was found dead, hanging in a cell at the Department of Special Investigation on Monday night, not long after being arrested for allegedly issuing hundreds of illegal land rights documents for large areas of land in provinces fronting the Andaman Sea.

DSI director-general Paisit Wongmuang said on Tuesday that Thawatchai Anukul, 66, a retired lands official in Phangnga province, committed suicide in his cell on the sixth floor of the DSI head office at the government complex in Chaeng Wattana.

Full story: Bangkok Post