An investigation into the southern Narathiwat provincial police department has revealed its police chief and subordinates protected weapon and drug suspects.
According to the Bangkok Post, the commander of police, Waesamae Salae, and his subordinates are accused of taking bribes in exchange for helping drug and weapon suspects. The national police chief, Surachate Hakparn announced the news yesterday.
Surachate says he filed a criminal and disciplinary action with the Anti-Corruption Divison after prominent lawyer, Atchariya Ruangrattanapong, complained. Atchariya is a well-known campaigner for crime victims.
He says Chayanont Nithor, a murder suspect was helped by corrupt police. Atchariya says a decision was made not to prosecute the 25 year old Chayanont in connection with the murder of a policeman, Thanakrit Ruekdee.
Thanakrit was a 23 year old police officer who was on patrol in Sungai Kolok on July 16 last year.
Atchariya says Chayanont paid 40,000 baht to have licenses for seven guns issued by the Sungai Kolok district office despite having a record of drug abuse. After paying, he received three licences in one day.
Narathiwat police also didn’t reprimand Chayanont in a case that involved the seizure of compressed marijuana in Songkhla. The accused dealer, who was caught with the drugs, told police Chayanont had hired him to transport the drugs to Malaysia.
After police searched Chayanont’s house, they found three guns but did not charge him with a crime. Five people were arrested during the search, but only one was charged. Police also reportedly found financial transactions with some local police officers on their phones.
Atchariya alleges that Waesamae gave informants cards with his name and mobile number, which gave such criminals no fear of carrying weapons in public places.
Waesamae was then transferred to an inactive post last October pending the investigation. He then filed a defamation complaint against a person who accused him of helping such criminals.
Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.
Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.
Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.