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Thai corruption scandal: Evidence mounts against 3 DSI agents

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CORRUPTION SCANDAL
Evidence mounts against 3 DSI agents

THE NATION

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Trio implicated in investigation into petrol-smuggling ring in deep South

BANGKOK: -- THREE DSI agents have been incriminated in the probe of the petrol-smuggling ring in the deep South allegedly involving former crime-buster Pol Lt-General Pongpat Chayaphan.


Suwana Suwanjuta, director-general of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), said yesterday that their names were found on a list of bribe-takers put together by Sahachai Jiansermsin, an influential Pattani-based businessman on the run.

An internal inquiry is now looking to see if the three unidentified agents were actually on the take, as the names of innocent DSI officials were frequently misappropriated by impostors or criminals to cheat or defraud the public, she said.

Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya said he ordered Suwana to probe internally whether DSI agents had taken part in the petrol-smuggling operation or the corruption scheme engulfing the former Central Investigation Bureau commissioner.

The DSI had been working in the region and was supposed to have gathered inside information on the lucrative contraband petrol trade, he said.

Some 30,000 artefacts belonging to Pongpat are waiting identification and verification by experts from the Fine Arts Department, said Bowornwej Rungroojee, director-general of the department.

Certain items are prohibited from being held in private collections, while many might be fakes. The department will make public today initial details of all 30,000 items, 10,000 of which appear to be ancient ceramic pots while 20,000 are artefacts, Buddha images and figures of deities, he said.

Phra Khanong police in Bangkok have said that two of the five new civilian suspects - Sutthisak Sutthijit and Chakarn Phakphoom - have been released from police custody to the military under martial law.

Former Army major Nattapon, Sitthisak and Narong Akharapong-preecha failed to show up for their appointment to meet police at noon yesterday at Phra Khanong Police Station, they said. However, National Police chief Pol General Somyot Poompanmoung said on Wednesday that all five civilian suspects had already been detained.

A police source said a woman had accused the five of abducting her and forcing her to pay them Bt20 million after they claimed royal backing.

The source said Sutthisak and Chakarn had claimed to police that the woman owed them money, but denied that they kidnapped or intimidated her to pay up, before they were freed on bail.

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Evidence-mounts-against-3-DSI-agents-30248741.html

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-- The Nation 2014-11-28

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Well given the reputation of the police farce force in general at least the current results certainly prove the truth of that old adage below.

English definition of “it takes a thief to catch a thief”
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WilliamCave post # 7

Good on the people exposing and grabbing theses people .

Change has to start some were even if it a long road and many years to achieve and mountain to over come .

Rather like the situation below methinks.

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An internal inquiry is now looking to see if the three unidentified agents were actually on the take, as the names of innocent DSI officials were frequently misappropriated by impostors or criminals to cheat or defraud the public, she said.

So, some cheap hood proposes a crooked scam to a potential ally, saying that it's a done deal,100% safe because he has the DSI in his pocket. The ally would believe this why? Because, in all likelihood, it would be true.

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After reading yesterday that an appeal from 1999 was finally heard, I doubt that many of these will every do a night in jail....except perhaps the drivers of Pongpat and his assistant, as they are low men on the totem pole....I'm guessing that any guilty verdict will be followed by an extremely lengthy appeals process....

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Which is the trio? In the photo there are 5 police, two plain clothes people and three army.....plus one man behind and looking away that doesn't seem part of the group commemorative photo.

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It is a ''two and throw'' never ending marathon here. You get a democratically elected government who weed out all the undesirable military figures by reappointing the position they hold and vice versa, after a coup your get the military weeding out all the undesirable police and government officials with newly appointed positions. In both cases large scale corruption charges are implicated for the justification. Ironically in both cases the corruption is factual. Both are just as bad as each other, the military is an independent business gunning for their own interests and so is any elected government. Both trample all over the working class here. It is like two heavy weights on fight night, after the under-card ''IE Thailand'' they both get into the ring and smash the living daylights out of each other.

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There must be some ' squeaky bum' times from some of the Heads of RTP. It does seem that one fraction of the Mafia is ousting the other. Once again a great chance for Thailand to show transparency and deal with these suspects professionally. Until then I will take a seat and watch.coffee1.gif

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