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Hungarian found dead in Suvarnabhumi detention cell

A Hungarian man detained at the Suvarnabhumi airport police station for overstaying the visa was found dead in the detention cell on Sunday morning, police said.

The 60-year-old man, whose name was withheld pending notification of relatives, had been arrested by immigration police for overstaying the visa and was handed over to the Suvarnabhumi airport police for further legal action and repatriation at about noon on Saturday.

According to the police, after being put in the detention cell, he did not show any unusual signs. When he was last checked late on Saturday night, he was sleeping normally in the cell.

But when the police checked again on Sunday morning, the Hungarian man was dead. Forensic police and doctors from Bang Phli Hospital were called to examine the body. No wounds or traces of bodily attacks were foud on it. He was believed to have died eight hours previously.

Pol Col Nathapol Komintarachart, chief of the Suvarnabhumi police, said the Hungarian embassy has been contacted to inform his relatives. The body would be sent to Rama Bang Phli Hospital or the Chakri Naruebodindra Medical Institute in Samut Prakan for an autopsy to establish the cause of death.

He said a committee has been set up to investigate the police officers on duty.

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