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Thai Official Faces Action Over Suvarnabhumi Airport Assault

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Official faces action over airport assault

THE NATION

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Contraband-unit employee captured on video attacking security personnel

Police yesterday issued a summons for a C7 customs official after video clip showing him assaulting an airport security officer and refusing to be patted down started doing the rounds in cyber space.

Suvarnabhumi Airport superintendent Colonel Nattanan Nanasombat said Sombat Chatchaiwaiyawit, 55, had seven days to respond to the summons.

"If he does not report to police, we will issue an arrest warrant for him," Nattanan said.

Meanwhile, after viewing the clip, Customs Department's director-general Somchai Poonsawat has ordered that Sombat be transferred out of Suvarnabhumi Airport. Sombat led a customs unit responsible for crackdowns on contraband and narcotics.

Somchai also ordered an investigation into the incident and expects results in 30 days.

"If found guilty, he will face action in line with the Office of Civil Service Commission's rules," he said.

The clip showed Sombat walking through a security checkpoint on January 8, but refusing to be patted down after a security alarm beeped. Sombat was then seen whacking security officer Sirichai Maichum, 33, in the ear with both his hands. The senior official then pointed to his badge and the junior officer was seen bowing apologetically.

The video was posted on YouTube on Monday and by Tuesday it had attracted thousands of angry comments.

"His action has caused serious damage to the reputation of the Customs Department," Somchai said yesterday.

Meanwhile, Sirichai went to see a doctor after the assault and found that his eardrum was injured. He then lodged a police complaint against Sombat.

Sirichai works for Asia Security Management, which provides security services at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

"He [sirichai] has always carried out his duties well and from the clip we have seen that he did nothing wrong," the security firm's human-resources manager Passakorn Aksornsuwan. He added that the company had covered Sirichai's medical expenses and given him days off until he recovers.

"He will be assigned the same job once he recovers fully," Passakorn said.

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-- The Nation 2012-01-12

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"If found guilty, he will face action in line with the Office of Civil Service Commission's rules," he said.

What are the Commissions rules? Will he recieve a promotion, a new house, new mercedes or will he get detention and pick up rubish in the carpark during his lunch break?

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Arrested in 7 days, i think the world at large is wondering why he wasn't arrested immediately what does Thailand allow to be carried unchecked onto aircraft?.

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This is a good video to use as an airport security training video for two reasons 1. What to do in this situation and how to handle the official. and 2. This official will lose face every time the video is played.

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Arrested in 7 days,

Yeah 7 days, because during that time it would have blown over and the world would have forgot about it, cos that's how we roll in amazing Thailand.

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He probably wont lose his job, if he is head of Narcotics and Contraband at the airport, there have been a fair few arrests lately (how many times in the last 6mths have you read 'XX Kg's of Ice/Meth/Whatever seized' headlines?)

He will get moved (to an 'inactive' position?) and maybe get a day in court and have to pay lots of tea-money to get himself out of it, but he wont do time...

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In watching the youtube video several times, the two handed swap to the ears was a slow one...looked almost like a squeeze/pressing action more than a slap. But regardless, it was very unprofessional and definitely didn't set no example for the troops....and for sure there was a big loss of face. But I'm sure some compenstation will restore the face.

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He will probably be transferred to an 'innactive post' such as the airport taxi rank collecting 50 baht fees from generous fat whitey tourists .

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"His action has caused serious damage to the reputation of the Customs Department," Somchai said yesterday

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one of the most corrupt institutions in Thailand and he's worried about their reputation. passifier.gif

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He will probably be transferred to an 'innactive post' such as the airport taxi rank collecting 50 baht fees from generous fat whitey tourists .

You are probably right about being transferred to an inactive post, but unfortunately it will probably be a post with a nice office with a view, air con, no responsibilities, and no pay cut. And maybe they will put a life size doll in the office so the guy can continue to box ears.

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I just watched the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN0an4lZ9bk - you can clearly see that another 'official" came through first and had no intention of stopping for security and retrieved his bag and cell phone first. Then the mentioned "official" came through and was hostile about being checked, "bullied" the courteous security employee , and then berated him and another woman about "just who is was" waving his badge and ranting, strutting his arms. Disgraceful breach of security at Suvarnibhumi, the Thailand international airport.

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I just watched the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN0an4lZ9bk

- you can clearly see that another 'official" came through first and had no intention of stopping for security and retrieved his bag and cell phone first. Then the mentioned "official" came through and was hostile about being checked, "bullied" the courteous security employee , and then berated him and another woman about "just who is was" waving his badge and ranting, strutting his arms. Disgraceful breach of security at Suvarnibhumi, the Thailand international airport.

the first man clearly didnt set off the detector, therefore he is free to collect his hand luggage and move on without further checks.

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He will probably be transferred to an 'innactive post' such as the airport taxi rank collecting 50 baht fees from generous fat whitey tourists .

You are probably right about being transferred to an inactive post, but unfortunately it will probably be a post with a nice office with a view, air con, no responsibilities, and no pay cut. And maybe they will put a life size doll in the office so the guy can continue to box ears.

Just read in a Bangkok Post article the official has been transferred to the Bureau of Central Administration for the duration of the inquiry. I expect they will buy him a life size doll today to keep him occupied.

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