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15 Phuket police officers under investigation over bribes allegations

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Deputy Police Commissioner General Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul

An investigation has been launched against 15 police officers in Phuket accused of taking bribes from illegal immigrants.

Deputy Police Commissioner General Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said he had been assigned by the national police chief to head the probe into allegations that local police, tourist police and immigration police in Phuket had received bribes in exchange for ‘turning a blind eye’ to undocumented migrant workers and illegal immigrants.

Srivara said he had instructed the Immigration Bureau and Provincial Police Bureau 8, which covers Phuket, to form a joint investigative panel into the 15 officers. Srivara took the action after a Facebook user, who called himself “Spotlight Phuket”, made a recent allegation on his Facebook page.

Initial checks found that police stations in Phuket arrested 142 illegal immigrants from October 1 2016 to October 31 2017 – but there were no records of the immigrants being handed over to the Immigration Bureau in accordance with the law, Srivara said. As a result, he issued an order on Wednesday to have police on the island set up a committee to probe the 15 officers.

They officers have been identified as:

1. Pol Lt Col Somnuek Damkaew, inspector of Kamala police station

2. Pol Lt Col Surachai Channarong, inspector of Karon police station

3. Pol Lt Col Bandasak Srilert, inspector of Sakhu police stations

4. Pol Lt Col Natthaya Suwanpong, inspector of Mueang police station

5. Pol Capt Prasert Thongprom, deputy inspector of Kamala police station

6. Pol Capt Nipon Temsang, deputy inspector of Karon police station

7. Pol Capt Wichote Meepop, acting deputy inspector of Kathu police station

8. Pol Capt Watanathorn Bamrungthin, deputy inspector of Kathu police station

9. Pol Capt Charnnarong Prakongkua, deputy inspector o Karon police station

10. Pol Lt Sawanya Iadtrong, deputy inspector of Kathu police station

11. Pol Lt Thanakhan Utchahyarassamee, deputy inspector of Sakhu police station

12. Pol Lt Sura Lertthaisong, deputy inspector of Sakhu police station

13. Pol Lt Julla-at Kittinonthikorn, acting deputy inspector of Sakhu police station

14. Pol Lt Patcharathorn Chan-iad, deputy inspector of Sakhu police station

15. Pol Lt Suwisit Khirirak, deputy inspector of Karon police station.

The investigative committee is being headed by Pol Maj Gen Thirapol Kuptanon, the Deputy Commissioner of Provincial Police Bureau 9.

Of the 142 illegal immigrants, 26 had been arrested by Sakhu police, 3 by Karon police, 43 by Kathu police and 70 by Kamala police.

STORY: The Nation

 

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  1. Jon Oluf

    December 6, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    I wonder.
    How can we trust any
    Officials
    Phuket???

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Pattaya: Russian on overstay, and his wife, arrested for stealing motorbike

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Pattaya Police have arrested a Russian man after stealing a motorbike from a Hungarian in the seaside party town earlier this month.

26 year old Vladimir Zhulabrev allegedly stole a motorbike belonging to retired Hungarian doctor 71 year old Gabor Tamas Pethoe while it was parked outside a condo in the Nong Prue area on June 10.

Police arrested Zhulabrev along with his Thai wife, 25 year old Parichart Ninnon, after investigation of CCTV footage showed them stealing the motorcycle. Zhulabrev, who was also found to be staying in Thailand on an expired tourist visa, tested positive for illegal drugs. He’s confessed to stealing the motorcycle and said he did so to fund his drug habit.

Zhulabrev has been charged with overstaying his visa and theft, while Ninnon has also been charged with theft. The pair remain in custody in Pattaya awaiting further legal proceedings.

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Thai PM confirms February election during visit to UK

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by Vipaporn Pooritanasarn

Thai PM General Prayut Chan-ocha has confirmed the the country will hold a general election early next year along with readiness to strengthen trade ties with England.

He’s made the statement during his visit to the UK this week. General Prayut had talks with Speaker of the House of Lords, Lord Fowler about promoting trading opportunities between the two countries through the so-called Global British policy and the Thailand 4.0 policy, with the Thai – UK Business Leadership Council playing a key role in the matter.

At the start of last week the PM alluded to the imminent coronation of HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn and possibility that a coronation event may push the deadline for an election forward. His statements to the UK media suggest he does not see the important national event impeding the roadmap of the Government to hold an election at the start of next year.

With regard to Thailand’s political situation, Gen Prayut confirmed that the general election would be held in February next year and local elections might take place three months after the general election.

The Prime Minister also had the opportunity to meet Thai people in London and thanked those who offered moral support to him. Thailand’s prime minister said he was not angry with those who oppose him, adding he came to the UK for the country’s sake.

But the General had to cut short his meeting with Thai expats due to a terror warning from security officers. The Royal Thai Embassy in London announced the warning affecting Thai people and advised them to exercise caution when returning home.

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Bangkok: 13 billion baht of drugs – up in smoke

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The Thai Food and Drug Administration is about to incinerate 6,322 kilograms of confiscated drugs. It will be a bonfire valued at around worth 13 billion baht ($395 million) to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26.

The big fire will be fuelled by 5,514 kilogram of methamphetamine pills, 486kg of crystal meth, 108kg of heroin, 122kg of morphine, 10kg of ecstasy and 5kg of cocaine. All the drugs have been confiscated in 7,245 narcotic cases and raids.

Wachira Umphon, director of the Substance Control Division, says that the cases relating to these drugs have all been trapped up, so the drugs used to bring about the convictions can now be destroyed.

The drug warehouse of the Food and Drug Administration office in Bangkok was open to the media on Friday to show how the drugs and substances are stored and secured.

The burning of confiscated drugs has been done for more than 40 years. Each year, almost 10 tonnes of drugs are incinerated. The drugs are destroyed in an industrial incinerator where the temperatures reach higher than 850 degrees. Food and Drug Administration say that this high temperature ensures that there are no harmful chemicals, especially carcinogenic dioxins, left airborne after the incineration process.

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