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Arrest warrants sought for 8 civilians suspected of smuggling migrant workers

Maya Taylor

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Deputy national police chief Damrongsak Kittiprapas has confirmed that arrest warrants are being sought for 8 civilians implicated in the illegal smuggling of migrant workers. The Bangkok Post reports that the 8 face charges of aiding and abetting illegal immigration. The workers were trafficked from Myanmar to the central Thai province of Samut Sakhon, where the latest outbreak of Covid-19 began last month. 20 police officers are also being investigated for their role in the smuggling operation. They have been suspended from duty pending a full investigation. It’s thought there are up to 25 police officers suspected of involvement.

“After tracing the migrant workers’ route into Samut Sakhon and then jobs at its shrimp market, we found that most received direct assistance from more than 20 police officials and eight civilians. They smuggled the workers across the border in Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi and then provided transport to get them to Samut Sakhon.”

Damrongsak says an investigative committee is being set up prior to criminal prosecution and disciplinary action being taken against the police officers involved.

“A formal fact-finding procedure will be carried out before both disciplinary and legal action is pursued against them.”

The committee, which is being chaired by the assistant national police chief, will work with a separate panel set up by the government to investigate the role of police officers in people smuggling. The committee is mostly made up of police officers. Damrongsak says PM Prayut Chan-o-cha insists that investigating officers carry out their duties in an honest and transparent manner.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Mister Stretch

    Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 11:07 am

    An investigative committee, charged with investigating police and corrupt government officials, is “mostly made up of police officers.”

    So, the corrupt BiB and government officials that are directly responsible for the latest outbreaks of Covid from Samut Sakhon will never be charged, never be held responsible, never brought to account, never convicted of place the health of an entire nation before the pitiful few baht they lined their pockets with.

    This investigation appears to be a sham, and it hasn’t even begun, yet.

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    Maestro

    Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    A panel mostly made up of BiB to investigate BiB. I’m having such a good laugh right now. Brilliant!

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 7:32 am

    If the police suffer any disciplinary penalty, it will be. Naughty Naughty. Don’t be caught again.

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    Jum Slade

    Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    They will continue to feed this drivel to the naive, gullible, unsuspecting populace.

    Poor souls.

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    disgusted `

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 1:17 am

    The level of corruption in Thailand is appalling and nothing is done because it is everywhere at every level. Police are caught gambling, politicians caught hoarding masks and selling them at higher prices, illegal immigrant smuggling, sex trade, drug manufacturing, Where an when will this end? It only ends when they enforce the laws not just brush it under the carpet and give the guilty a slap on the wrist.
    Thailand needs to start cleaning up their act and do their jobs right.

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