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Pokemon characters used instead of suspect photos

BANGKOK: Can’t parade or show the faces of suspects at crime news briefings? Not to worry. The resourceful Thai police have a solution, and it’s not a John Doe as one would expect.

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Bangkok Post

Monday 12 September 2016, 09:39AM


A police officer explains a chart showing a network of drug suspects, with Pikachu (top right) and Charmander (bottom left) representing suspects on the run. Pikachu represents the drug suspect “Max” of Talat Mahanak, while Charmander is in fact a foreign suspect, identified only as Mike. Photo: Thanarak Khunton
A police officer explains a chart showing a network of drug suspects, with Pikachu (top right) and Charmander (bottom left) representing suspects on the run. Pikachu represents the drug suspect “Max” of Talat Mahanak, while Charmander is in fact a foreign suspect, identified only as Mike. Photo: Thanarak Khunton

Pokemon Go characters were used by Bangkok police in place of the photos of suspects who remain at large during a media briefing on Saturday (Sept 10) following Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s directive.

During the briefing at the Metropolitan Police Division 1 on Saturday, images of Pikachu, the main and rare character in the location-based augmented reality game Pokemon Go, and Charmander, another character, were used on a police chart to show a network of drug suspects. The two cartoon characters represented suspects who are on the run. 

Other suspects who were arrested had their faces blurred. Items seized from the suspects were shown.

The police’s move came after Gen Prayut banned the parading of suspects at police briefings in line with international guidelines on human rights.

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The order was made when the Secretariat of the Prime Minister gave Gen Prayut a summary of Thailand’s human rights situation, which is updated weekly by the Rights and Liberties Protection Department, deputy permanent secretary for justice Tawatchai Thaikiew said last week.

National police chief Chakthip Chaijinda said the police would have no problem in adjusting their news conferences. He believed that in key cases, such as rape or murder, suspects should be present to alert the public.

At Saturday’s briefing, Maj Gen Sompong Chingduang, acting chief of the MPB, announced the arrests of 173 suspects in several criminal cases during crackdown operations in Bangkok between Sept 5 and 10. The suspects were wanted for theft, gambling, the flesh trade, illegal entry and other offences.

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Kurt | 12 September 2016 - 10:52:04

The thai Prime Minister ordered to adjust to international human rights practice, not photo parading suspects, we thank him for that thai justice image improving.

However reading about that police 'pokemon character' use during press conferences/briefings, my mouth was falling open.
Why the police go public with on going sting operations?
Is that to warn the wanted suspects at large? They read newspapers too.
Sting operations are more successful when it happens in silence.
Or is there a 2nd thought here?

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slippery snake | 12 September 2016 - 10:21:20

That's bound to help locate suspects when they don't show who they are trying to catch ???    what a great idea...   NOT 

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