Sections: Thailand

Hunt continues for more corrupt officials

PHUKET MEDIA WATCH

– Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community

Hunt continues for more corrupt officials
The Nation / Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: Police are tracing more corrupt officials after probing lists of bribe-takers seized from a fugitive, Pattani-based businessman who ran an illegal band petrol trade in the far South.

Initial findings showed some 12 million baht in monthly payments to a number of Marine Police officers, who have already been exposed.

National police chief Gen Somyot Poompanmoung said yesterday that the lists recorded bribes paid over the past two years by Sahachai Jiansermsin.

Gen Somyot said “almost all government units handling security measures in the South had received bribes”, including the Marine Police which had received the largest amount of 12mn baht from Sahachai, who is better known by his nickname “Sia Jo”.

Justice Minister Gen Paiboon Koomchaya said the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) had also been tracing names on the lists. He said there were probably more DSI agents, apart from the three already exposed. Many names have also been found in the logs of Sahachai’s mobile phones obtained by authorities.

“The names are compiled in several pieces of paper,” he said, adding the DSI would soon work with the police on the bribe recipients and would seek to find out who these officials were, or from which agencies.

Three senior Marine Police officers – Col Warissiri Leelasiri, Col Somchart Suphawuth and Col Jakkraphan Rattanathewamart – were yesterday transferred to inactive posts, Royal Thai Police spokesman Lt Gen Prawut Thawornsiri, who is now acting commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) supervising the Marine Police Division, revealed.

The transfers were ordered to facilitate the ongoing investigation into the illicit petrol trade, he added.

Gen Prawut said the RTP was considering whether to strip the ranks of all police found involved in the massive corruption scheme engulfing former CIB commissioner Lt Gen Pongpat Chayaphan.

“This issue is being considered,” he said, without elaborating.

The three men, out of a total five wanted for their alleged association with Gen Pongpat, last night surrendered to police. Wat Phraya Krai police later sought court approval for the arrest of five other men yesterday evening, making a total of 10 men wanted in the latest crackdown.

All the 10 men also have lese majeste and assault charges filed against them in the latest arraignment filed by Wat Phraya Krai police, apart from charges of armed intimidation, criminal conspiracy involving more than five offenders, restraining one’s freedom, and joint theft.

Trio stripped of rank

Gen Prawut gave more details about the Akharapong-preecha men – former Army major Nuttapon, former Army sergeant Sitthisak, and former Bureau of Royal Household official Narong. All three had their ranks and positions stripped, while Sutthisak Sutthijit and Chakarn Phakphoom have been in military custody since Tuesday, he said.

The five new people have been identified as Chalat Phothiraj, Witthaya Theskhunthod, former sergeants Nathakorn Yasri and Theeraphong Chorjampee, Nathanan Thanawes.

The first five suspects have been charged with kidnapping a woman and intimidating her into reducing a total of 100mn baht owed to her by unspecified individuals to 20mn baht.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Share
Published by
Legacy Phuket Gazette

Recent News

Top 10 most boring news stories

In the media we have 'slow news days'. These days are when you scroll through countless feeds and articles to…

2 hours ago

PM defends the 80 billion baht munition spend

PHOTO: The Nation Speaking to the House of Representatives’ budget debate for the 2020 financial year yesterday, PM and Minister…

2 hours ago

Thalang Police arrest local Phuket drug dealer with amphetamine pills

PHOTOS: เหยี่ยวข่าว ภูเก็ต Newshawk Phuket Thalang Police have arrested a local drug dealer with more than 192 amphetamine pills. Thalang…

3 hours ago

Another illegal concrete structure has to be removed from north east national park

PHOTO: ชมรมstrong-จิตพอเพียงต้านทุจริต จังหวัดนครศรีธรรมราช A website run by anti-corruption activists has posted a picture of a concrete platform built into a…

3 hours ago

Police arrest con man who left bride to pay for 3.5 million baht wedding

PHOTO: Immigration Police A man who conned his bride into believing he was a billionaire, then absconded after their wedding…

3 hours ago

11 ตัวจริง คริสตัล พาเลซ พบ แมนฯ ซิตี้ – พร้อมช่องทางรับชม

11 ตัวจริง คริสตัล พาเลซ พบ แมนฯ ซิตี้ - พร้อมช่องทางรับชม : พรีเมียร์ลีก อังกฤษ  11 ตัวจริงแมนซิ ดูบอลแมนซิตี้คืนนี้ ลิงค์ดูบอลแมนซิตี้ล่าสุด คริสตัล พาเลซ พบ แมนซิตี้…

13 hours ago