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Officers’ promotion scandal riles up PM

BANGKOK: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the Royal Thai Police to take action against two senior officers involved in a promotion scandal.

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Bangkok Post

Wednesday 13 July 2016, 09:20AM

Thai police officers practice to join a competition on training day. Photo: Chanat Katanyu
Thai police officers practice to join a competition on training day. Photo: Chanat Katanyu

Speaking yesterday (July 12) at Government House, Gen Prayut said he had directed the Royal Thai Police to step up its efforts to look into the case.

“We are civil servants. We are not supposed to tell lies. This is nonsense,” Gen Prayut said angrily.

He was citing the case of a senior police officer who is accused of promising to help his colleague get a promotion. But when the officer was questioned, he denied the allegation.

Maj Gen Charoen Srisaluk, commander of the 2nd Metropolitan Police Division, who oversees Bang Sue station, said yesterday the probe into bribery and fraud involving two senior police attached to Bang Rak and Nimit Mai stations was making progress.

He was speaking yesterday as he inspected Bang Sue station to follow up on the investigation.

On July 5, Capt Chanchai Yensuk, 39, lodged a complaint with Bang Sue police against Capt Chanintuch Ratchinotrai, 38, who accused him of making false claims about his ability to get him promoted and deceiving him out of a large sum of money.

Capt Chanintuch, an inspector in charge of crime suppression at Bang Rak station, allegedly asked Capt Chanchai, a traffic deputy inspector at Nimit Mai station, to pay him B700,000 to buy some “souvenirs” for a high-ranking police officer who could help him become an inspector.

An investigator who interviewed Capt Chanchai said Capt Chanchai told him he met Capt Chanintuch at a petrol station on Vibhavadi Rangsit Rd and handed over B700,000 in cash to him in the hope of getting the promotion.

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Capt Chanintuch admitted lying to Capt Chanchai about being able to get him promoted, police said.

He denied knowing any high-ranking police officer who could help Cap Chanchai receive a promotion.

Capt Chanintuch said he intended to spend the money he received from Capt Chanchai on himself, police said.

When he learnt that Capt Chanchai had filed a complaint with Bang Sue police against him, he decided to return the money to Capt Chanchai.

Maj Gen Charoen urged others who might have been deceived by Capt Chanintuch to lodge complaints and provide information to police.

Investigators have reported the incident to the two police officers’ supervisors for their acknowledgement, he added.

However, no police top brass have been implicated in the investigation, Maj Gen Charoen said.

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Kurt | 14 July 2016 - 10:16:21

As we red in other thai newspapers from interviews with police officers ( on base not to be named), the 'Thai police house' is shaking on his foundation.
There is so much on irregularities going on that the lower ranks feel lost and the working sprit has gone.

Ed Sanders, once in a while Bangkok send a task for to Phuket.
The latest was to check 3 days on 'public transport drivers'
Countless arrests were made for weapens in the cars, not proper driving licenses, not licensed for driving a public transport vehicle, not registrated, etc.
Problem is when task forces from outside Phuket are leaving Phuket, that the local authorities go again in 'parking mode' and the whole thing goes over.

Is it all just possible because there is a lack of law enforcement among Phuket officials?

Task forces coming and going ( from Bangkok) show every time remarkable results during a 3 day period., sure it must by now be a matter of 'loose face' for Phuket authorities that they can not work the same way as colleagues from BKK do on Phuket just a few days?

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Christy Sweet | 14 July 2016 - 07:42:38

I smell a fish tale with a gollop of petty revenge presenting an opportunity to make a show that corruption is being dealt with-it isn't. For this one case surfacing, there are thousands of others. 

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Ed Sanders | 13 July 2016 - 17:44:11

Unreal... proof of corruption that everyone knows about already.  I mean, I'm a farang that has heard about the way it works... people know that people buy their jobs in the police department, because higher jobs have more opportunity for more lucrative corruption.  I've said it before, the corrupt police force is at the root of most of the ills facing Thailand.  From land encroachment, illegal building, pathetic road safety statistics, environmental degradation, rich people getting away with murder...all come back to crooked police. That is why nobody respects or fears the police here, as they don't do anything but line their pockets with dirty money.  Laws and rules don't matter, thats why we see 4 under-aged and helmetless kids on a motorbike with no concern about police, or common drug use in parks and other public places...the police don't do anything about it.  I hope the PM strings this criminal cop up high for all to see...then I hope he sends a task force here to Phuket.

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