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.
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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