Body in Tank Case

Private Lawsuit

Bangkok Post, October 20, 2001

Wisuth to go on trial in private suit

Wisuth Boonkasemsanti will go on trial in a private suit on charges of killing his wife, the Southern Bangkok Criminal Court decided yesterday.

Dr Wisuth's wife, Phassaporn Boonkasemsanti, disappeared in February. Dr Phassaporn's father, Chote Watanaset, filed the lawsuit after public prosecutors rejected the police case against Dr Wisuth, citing a lack of eyewitness evidence.

After a preliminary hearing, the court yesterday accepted the lawsuit, which accuses Dr Wisuth of killing his wife and cutting her body into pieces on Feb 20. Four charges given in the suit are premeditated murder, intimidation, illegal detention, and covering up a murder.

The court issued a warrant summoning Dr Wisuth to testify within seven days and set Dec 17 for examination of prosecution witnesses. The court said circumstantial evidence, especially DNA tests, and human flesh thought to belong to Dr Phassaporn, convinced the court that she was dead.

Witness testimony supported the argument that a serious conflict between Dr Phassaporn and Dr Wisuth which led to their separation served as a motive for murder. The DNA tests showed that human flesh found in septic tanks of Chulalongkorn University's Witthayaniwet building and the Sofitel Central Plaza hotel, belonged to Dr Phassaporn. It must have looked like this ...The DNA from human flesh and bloodstains matched that of Dr Phassaporn's father, proving a genetic relation.

The court's chief justice, Chalermchai Srilertchaipanich, said the court accepted the case because the evidence was sufficient. It included forensic evidence, expert opinion and statements by witnesses who saw both doctors together before Dr Phassaporn disappeared. The court's decision and that of the prosecution should not be taken for comparison since both sides performed to the best of their ability, he said.

Attorney-General Wichian Wiriyaprasit said the court's decision did not humiliate prosecutors since there were some cases in which a lower court found defendants guilty but the Appeals or Supreme Court later cleared them.

Police comment on the prosecution's ruling had reached the Attorney-General's Office and he would be willing to consider newly-submitted evidence, he said.

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