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Unhappy with Porntip’s Answer, Tangmo’s Wants Pathologist Removed from Probe

Panida asked for Porntip to join investigation into daughter's death, but now won't accept her findings

Panida Sirayootyotin and her lawyer Decha Kittiwitthayanan
Panida Sirayootyotin and her lawyer Decha Kittiwitthayanan

Unhappy with the answer she heard, the mother of late actress Nida “Tangmo” Patcharaveerapong now wants Thailand’s pre-eminent pathologist kicked off the Senate investigation into her daughter’s death.

Refusing to accept the truth and continuing to spin conspiracy theories, Panida Sirayootyotin and her lawyer Decha Kittiwitthayanan appeared at Parliament Monday to withdraw her previous request for Dr. Khunying Porntip of the Senate committee on human rights, liberty and consumer protection to take part in the investigation.

The demand came after Porntip, a former director-general of the Central Institute of Forensic Science, ruled that Nida wasn’t assaulted and that her death likely was an accident.

Decha said that Khunying intervened in police investigation, criticized police’s storage of the speedboat that Tangmo had traveled and discussed autopsy outcomes in public although Panida had asked her to only observe the investigation.

In response, Somchai Sawaengkarn, chairman of the Senate committee, said that the panel did not intervene in police investigation and only tried to ensure a transparent probe. He insisted that the committee could not exclude any of its members from handling the case.

Nida had traveled on the speedboat with five other people, fallen overboard and drowned in the Chao Phraya River in Nonthaburi province on Feb 24. Police were investigating the cause of the death.