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Phuket regional police chief speaks out on corruption claims

PHUKET: Former Region 8 Police Chief Lt Gen Tesa Siriwato has publicly denied any corruption by involvement with “pay-for-promotions” within his ranks, the state news agency NNT has reported.

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Friday 16 June 2017, 11:10AM


After declining to comment to The Phuket News earlier this week, Gen Tesa joined a press conference in Bangkok yesterday (June 15). Photo: NNT
After declining to comment to The Phuket News earlier this week, Gen Tesa joined a press conference in Bangkok yesterday (June 15). Photo: NNT

Gen Tesa, who as head of Region 8 Police oversaw all police operations in Phuket, was transferred to an inactive post at the Royal Thai Police “Operations Centre” in Bangkok last Sunday (June 11) pending an investigation into the alleged corruption levelled at the Royal Thai Police by Democrat Party member Wittaya Kaewparadai.

Mr Wittaya is a former member of the National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA), former Democrat MP and the former head of People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).

Gen Tesa told a press conference that “throughout his two years in office he never requested favours in exchange for promotions”, NNT reported yesterday (June 15). (See story here.)

The refutation follows Gen Tesa declining to comment to The Phuket News on Wednesday (June 14) about the graft probe. (See page 1 of this week’s The Phuket News.)

“Don’t ask me about it. I can’t give any comment. We can talk later,” was all he would say from China, where Gen Tesa was on an “inspection tour” when the transfer order was issued.

Nonetheless, National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) Secretary-General Sansern Poljiak has indicated that his office must act on reports filed by the public alleging corruption within the police force.

He said Mr Wittaya, who wrote the report that included the allegations, has been called to give a statement but noted that the NACC is compelled to take action against any suspicions of graft, NNT reported.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon entered the fray yesterday, responding to allegations that Patrol and Special Operation Division chief Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal may have had a hand in deciding some key changes in the last senior police reshuffle – although he is not in a position to do so.

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Gen Surachet on Tuesday assured there was no lobbying for positions in his unit and national police chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda denied the claims on Wednesday.

The speculation arose after Mr Wittaya claimed that a certain police major-general had wielded power over the police chief while formulating the reshuffle list.

Mr Wittaya also claimed some police positions, including those at Bangkok’s Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB), were also being bought by officers.

Gen Prawit yesterday said that he is in “close contact” with Gen Surachet on work matters although they have never discussed the police reshuffle, which he reiterated was up to the police chief to decide, reported the Bangkok Post. (See story here.)

The national police chief might have assigned someone else to look through the reshuffle and that has nothing to do with him, Gen Prawit said.

But Gen Prawit said if it helps clear up doubts regarding the position-buying allegations, a panel “may” be set up to probe the matter.

“They [the MPB] also set up their own panel to prove who is right and who is wrong. Witnesses and evidence will prove it,” he said, alluding to the fact the Royal Thai Police will investigate alleged corruption by Royal Thai Police.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, meanwhile, said the government has yet to begin forming a committee to steer police reform.

 

 

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Kurt | 17 June 2017 - 17:08:01

Yes Ematt, you are right!

But not forget to mention that red tape and corrupt countries always stay behind developing countries.
Red tape and corruption keep the poor thai people poor.
Just show on tv you give them bags with 'needs', and keep the uneducated happy like throwing a chicken bone to a stray dog.

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ematt | 17 June 2017 - 11:00:18

Agreed, LOL. And also a shocker to the expats posting here who never seem to get that this isn't the West. 

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Laughing Out Loud | 17 June 2017 - 08:13:48

Krengjai and Baramee.  And such other cultural practices.  Been the norm for centuries in Thai history.  Deep rooted.  Thus why accepted or otherwise ignored.  Direct contradiction to western practices.  Thus such a shocker to Sally D. Tourist.

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Jor12 | 16 June 2017 - 19:57:44

Kurt...denial...of course, why not. In law he who alleges must prove.
"Denial of something we all know it is true". I certainly don't know if it is true, therefore - as usual - what you say is wrong. If he has denied an allegation how can it be true? Only PN would print such nonsense. If you have factual information to the contrary you should be reporting it. 
"In RTP you have to buy yourself up in the ranks". Don't know where you get that rubbish from. Try reading regulations. More nonsense that PN loves to print.
The rest of comments are unadulterated garbage.

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Kurt | 16 June 2017 - 16:26:27

Denial, denial, denial, thai, thai, thai.
Denial of something we all know it is true.
In RTP you have to buy yourself up in the ranks.
Almost impossible if you are not corrupt enough to get the money to buy yourself up.
Section 44 should be used to strip the RTP of the ...R....!
Nothing is justifying the ....R.... for a organization that is known for corruption, promotion buying,not enforce thai laws.  
Not even 'able' to control fake good shops, or tuk tuk drivers. For that normal police work officials from BKK have to come down.

And what about that 'China Inspection' trip ???
What money corruption nonsense is that?
There is a full load of Phuket Inspection to do, no need to go China for that.

A deputy prime minister ( a soldier) said:  Yet (!), the government has to begin to form a committee to steer police reform.
So, 1 year from now a committee will be installed, and than the following 3 years some studies about things every citizen know will be done.
Fantastic. Really 5E, Smart, and Thailand 4.0

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Christy Sweet | 16 June 2017 - 15:48:12

Cmon Ben, it's clearly Colonel yada yada yada, not Major blah blah blah. 

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BenPendejo | 16 June 2017 - 15:24:54

More major blah blah blah.  I don't think much of anyone believes what the police have to say in defense of the allegations.  People know this is how it works here, and to deny that it doesn't is nothing but blather.  This is similar to the responses of many Thai officials defending their questionable actions or inactions... "It didn't happen because I said it didn't happen...no pombem...no more comment".

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