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Painting pincher gets the axe

BANGKOK: A former high-ranking official of the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) has been officially dismissed from his post for stealing paintings at a hotel in Japan two months ago.

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Bangkok Post

Thursday 16 March 2017, 08:52AM

Suphat Saguandeekul, who confessed he stole cheap art off the walls of his hotel in Japan on a taxpayer-funded trip, will keep full pension and medical benefits. Photo: via Bangkok Post
Suphat Saguandeekul, who confessed he stole cheap art off the walls of his hotel in Japan on a taxpayer-funded trip, will keep full pension and medical benefits. Photo: via Bangkok Post

However, DIP ex-Deputy Director-General Suphat Saguandeekul will still be entitled to receive his pension and medical benefits, Dusadee Arayawuth, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Justice, said yesterday (Mar 15).

Col Dusadee, who chaired the disciplinary panel in the case, said Mr Suphat’s excuse in which he claimed he committed the theft due to dissatisfaction with the hotel service was unreasonable. The panel members initially agreed to sack Mr Suphat.

However, the probe found Mr Suphat had never breached the disciplinary code of conduct during his 30 years as a state official. Therefore, the punishment was commuted to a mere dismissal, which will appear in his record.

Col Dusadee said the panel examined various aspects of the case including laws and the code of conduct as well as other similar cases involving high-ranking state officials.

Mr Suphat’s dismissal was considered appropriate when compared to those officials who had been involved in various degrees of disciplinary action but insisted on their innocence and remained in their posts.

After returning to Thailand, Mr Suphat also expressed regret over the incident to the public, Col Dusadee added.

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In January, Mr Suphat was arrested for stealing three paintings worth about ¥15,000 (about B4,600) from a hotel in Japan.

He was released from detention in Japan after he paid damages to the hotel and admitted the theft.

He has since returned to Thailand and was suspended pending the probe. Mr Suphat later announced his resignation.

Mr Suphat sent an open letter to the media saying the incident occurred while he was drunk.

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Eagle | 18 March 2017 - 11:50:09

@swerv,I was surprised too.But at least someone deleted it now.

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Eagle | 18 March 2017 - 11:33:43

Nasa12,-the probe found...-This is from the article and it means that he never did anything wrong before he stole the pictures!Is it that hard to understand?

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swerv | 18 March 2017 - 06:20:55

Nasa12: Stating you have someones ip address from commenting on here? Come on now, that is impossible. You are making yourself look pretty stupid making threats like that. I am surprised PN printed your comment.

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Jor12 | 17 March 2017 - 18:56:57

Nasa12...why do you bother to comment? You quote correctly, "The probe found Mr.Suphat had never breached the disciplinary code of conduct." NB: Disciplinary Code of Conduct. So you have his IP address, whoopy de what will you do with that?

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Nasa12 | 17 March 2017 - 15:40:36

Eagel@ You wright 16 March 2017 - 16:40:38 (The probe found Mr.Suphat had never breached the disciplinary code of conduct) But they take hime fore stealing in Hotel CCTV Camera in Japan 3 picture ?. And yes a have problem to writhing (Have you heard about dyslexia i think you never here about that ? ). But you understand what I writhing to you Mr Eagel or not ?.

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Eagle | 17 March 2017 - 14:38:11

Nose12,It is ok with me if you have a problem with writing,but if you cant read thats bad.I never wrote that he did not steal the pictures!

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Nasa12 | 17 March 2017 - 10:51:42

Eagel@ They have him on CCTV in the Hotel as he steals 3 pictures, and they fine the 3 images in his suitcase when he checks out of the hotel. And I've never seen a man who have succumbed so match so the back almost snapped, and you tell me he is  innocent, come on Eagel whit`s shoe size have you Eagel ? Take every thing from hime and like Kurt writing to jail time a BIG BIG shame fore all Thailand.

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Kurt | 16 March 2017 - 20:26:19

This Deputy Director-general committed a crime!
A person of that high Government rank should be shown as a example in punishment to other Government civil servants.
Therefor prison time is justified.

A Deputy Director-General who steels paintings from a hotel because he was dissatisfied with the Japanese hotelservice ( I never been dissatisfied in Japan hotelservice) is sick in his mind if he use such a excuse for committing the crime.

What kind of justification is that? ( influential?)

Some Prison time plus demotion in pension for this high government ranking thief.
High ranking government servants suppose to be impeccable.

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Eagle | 16 March 2017 - 18:05:54

Nase12,until proven otherwise,he is clean.It doesnt matter what i believe or what you believe.Maybe you are one of those people who thinks once a thief always a thief!So,he worked 30 years and made a mistake once.The court in Japan dropped the charges after he paid a fine.He came back here and lost his face and his Job.For me it is enough punishment.And in stripping his pension you would punish his family too.Great.Let us not forget we talking here about some pictures worth 15.000 Baht and not some million.

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Nasa12 | 16 March 2017 - 17:36:42

Eagel@ And you belive that Eagel he be clean fore 30 years.Yes a want to se every people who work in the government or municipality will lose everything when the stealing + in a another Country, What you think happened in a Privet Company or you have a company and people stealing from you , It`s that ok fore you Mr Eagel ? This is a big shame for Thailand.

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