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Phuket official wanted in illegal excavation raid

PHUKET: A leading local official is wanted for operating an illegal excavation business in Mai Khao, at the northern end of Phuket.

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Wednesday 29 July 2015, 08:35PM


Officials bolstered by Royal Thai Navy security personnel raided the site, in Moo 4, immediately north of Phuket International Airport, today (July 29).

At the scene, officers found earthworks deemed illegal underway at the 9,000-square-metre site, said Lt Sompop Kamkana, who led the naval security force on the raid.

“We found eight drivers with eight trucks. One person got away in a car,” he reported.

“We contacted Sarawut Seesakukam, president of the Mai Khao Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor), after one of the drivers told us that Mr Sarawut was their boss.

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“Mr Sarawut accepted that he owns the business, so I asked him to come here, but he said that he was unable to as he was in another province,” he said.

Accompanying Lt Sompop and his troops were officials from the Land Department, the Department Natural Resources and Environment and the Forestry Office, all of which claim the work conducted at the site is illegal according to the laws and regulations each is tasked with enforcing.

Also joining the raid were police and officials from the Damrongtham Center (provincial ombudsman’s office).

Lt Sompop alleged that Mr Sarawut’s business was operating under an expired license, conducting the incorrect form of excavation at the site, and excavating beyond the limits permitted at the site.

 

 

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Richard Vickers | 30 July 2015 - 02:56:30

He just doesn't care about any rules...which is the standard with all these local officials. In fact, they are worse than most of the common people that don't follow rules, because they know the rules, but disregard them for their own personal gain.  Now, join me as we watch this case unfold...er, wait...it won't unfold...it is done...and nothing will happen, just like all the other local officials caught doing wrong. In fact, good chance that this guy got busted because some other official was pissed because Khun Sarawut didn't cut him in on the graft. Complete joke.

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