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Anti-Corruption Commission official sentenced for pointing loaded gun at taxi driver

Caitlin Ashworth

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A National Anti-Corruption Commission senior official was sentenced by the Criminal Court to 1 year in jail with a 2 year suspension for pointing a loaded .38 Colt pistol, threatening a Bangkok taxi driver back in 2018. Nation Thailand called it a “very lenient” sentence.

The assistant secretary general of the commission, 54 year old Piset Nakapan, must also pay a fine of 31,000 baht. He was charged with weapon in violation of Section 309 of the Criminal Code, carrying a weapon in public, threatening others, and violating the Firearms Act.

Footage from the taxi’s dashboard camera shows Piset getting out of his car and pointing the loaded gun at the taxi. He said to the driver, Pipat Seesa-on, “Why are you following me? Drive back and use another road.”

At the trail, Piset confessed to the charges and gave Pipat 2,000 baht as compensation. Since he confessed, the court commuted his sentence in half, cutting down the 2 year jail term to just a year and a 62,000 baht fine down to 31,000 baht. His jail term is suspended for 2 years, with mandatory probation check-ins every 4 months.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | Bangkok Post

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    Jowen

    October 20, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    I know it’s impossible to do, but this is why any country should ban firearms. Just fight each other with barehands and people won’t have that mentality of authority just because they own one or allowed to carry one. Same goes for police officers.

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      Martijn

      October 21, 2020 at 1:58 pm

      Yet another gullible mind. There are only a few people, legally owning fire arms, who abuse their rights to do so. And this article shows that these people do get punished for abusing those rights. When banning fire arms, that does not mean that the “baddies” will not have them too. How are you going to defend yourself and your family against armed criminals? Just like in the U.S. one of the reasons why citizens of Thailand are allowed to carry fire arms, is for the people to be able to defend themselves against a tyrannical government. When people are not helpless, the chance that they are taken advantage of will be drastically reduced.

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    Michael

    October 20, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    So if I understand it correctly you can point a gun at others without getting a punishment?

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    James

    October 20, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    So in other words he will not be going to jail.

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    Toby Andrews

    October 20, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    And he does not spend a day in jail right
    And he does not lose his job?
    Is his fine paid?
    Is there any checks?
    I doubt it.
    Another example of rotten corrupt officials not being subjected to the law of the land.
    What is worse is that he is anti corruption official.
    What hope is there for corruption being stopped with persons like this acting like this and receiving this joke of a penalty?

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    Jowen

    October 20, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    Again like I said before, most people think having a concealed weapon or an authority to carry one, always think that they are above the law…

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    Issan John

    October 21, 2020 at 1:35 am

    So his “punishment” for carrying a firearm in public, threatening others, and violating the Firearms Act. is to phone his probation officer once every four months, for a year?

    … or more probably since he’s the assistant secretary general of the commission, for the probation officer to phone him?

    … Ho hum.

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    Sam

    October 21, 2020 at 2:26 am

    WOW, 2020 AND THAILAND IS STILL A WILD WILD WEST !!

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    Suua

    October 21, 2020 at 7:48 am

    A corrupt outcome for the assistant secretary general of the Anti-corruption commission…..you couldn’t write this any better….farcical.
    Oh how I wish for K.Thanathorn an co to be elected and squash these despicable, vile corrupt people & practices out of existence for good.

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    Toulouse George

    October 22, 2020 at 12:15 am

    No problem Plead guilty and nothing happens. 31,000 baht. That’s heavy

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    James Pate

    October 23, 2020 at 4:19 am

    I think the sentence may have been lenient due to his job. It is possible that he was being followed or harassed by real wrongdoers but he made a big mistake and pointed a gun at innocent man. Also, he’s getting near retirement age. Perhaps he should transfer to a less stressful position.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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