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Phuket policeman spared Senate corruption probe – for now

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PHUKET: Cleared of allegations of corruption by an internal police investigation just last week, Chalong Police Duty Officer Boonlert Onklang today received another reprieve – the inquiry he also faces by the Senate Standing Committee on Tourism has been postponed until next month.

The internal investigation, conducted by the Royal Thai Police Committee on Justice and Police Affairs, ruled that Lt Col Boonlert was not guilty of allegations that he contrived to extort money from South African tourist Gabriel Sequeira.

The investigation was launched after South African media reported Mr Sequeira saying that he paid almost half-a-million baht “to police and lawyers” to secure his release after he was charged for allegedly passing bogus US banknotes.

Lt Col Boonlert happily reported to the Gazette on Monday that the police internal affairs investigators had cleared him of any alleged misconduct in that case.

However, Lt Col Boonlert now also faces a Senate inquiry, during which his superior officers and himself will be called to answer questions from senators.

Lt Col Boonlert told the Gazette that he will call to his defense superior officers Phuket Provincial Police Superintendent Maj Gen Pekad Tantipong and Chalong Police Superintendent Col Krittapad Dej-intorrasorn.

Also to testify to the senators will be Weerachai Prani, who was the lawyer who handled Mr Sequeira’s defense while he was facing charges in Phuket.

Central to the allegations were that the lawyer’s fees, which Mr Sequeira claimed were more than 900,000 baht for less than one month’s work.

Lt Col Boonlert said he had already clarified to the internal police investigation that 300,000 baht of that money was police bail, which was returned to Mr Sequeira through lawyer Weerachai.

“The Senate inquiry will take three days. Right now it is most likely to be held on November 11-13,” Lt Col Boonlert told the Gazette.

The findings of the Senate probe will be publicly announced immediately after the investigators have drawn their conclusions, he added.

“I’m not completely clear of the allegations yet as the case is not fully closed. However I can explain my actions,” said Lt Col Boonlert.

“My relatives are quite worried about me,” he added.

— Atchaa Khamlo



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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