The arrests of a teacher and his key witness in their high-profile row with a retired policeman over lottery winnings worth Bt30 million (S$1.2 million) appear to settle the question of ownership regarding the disputed tickets.
Teacher Preecha Kraikruan was arrested at his school yesterday as lottery vendor Rattanaporn Supatip was apprehended at her home in Kanchanaburi province.
They face charges of filing a false complaint with police, giving false information to officials and framing another person in a criminal case.
Last November, Preecha lodged a complaint of theft and receiving ill-gotten gains against Pol Lieutenant Charoon Wimul, accusing him of taking possession of lottery tickets the teacher claimed he had bought from Rattanaporn.
Preecha has publicly portrayed himself as a victim for months, producing Rattanaporn and several other people as witnesses.
He claimed he had bought the lottery tickets but accidentally dropped them and Charoon probably found and took them illegitimately.
However, Charoon has consistently denied Preecha's claims. Earlier this month, he submitted a petition in Bangkok to national police chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda asking for help.
He and his lawyer, Sittra Biabangkerd, expressed concern that local police were taking the teacher's side.
The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has since taken over the investigation from local police.