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Police chief steps into bribes row

BANGKOK: The national police chief has ordered investigators to find more evidence related to a Taiwanese actress’s complaint that police extorted B27,000 from her at a checkpoint in Huai Khwang district earlier this month.

By Bangkok Post

Sunday 29 January 2023, 10:37AM

Taiwanese actress Charlene An has challenged police to have the CCTV footage made public. Photo: via Bangkok Post

Taiwanese actress Charlene An has challenged police to have the CCTV footage made public. Photo: via Bangkok Post

Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas has asked the Metropolitan Police Bureau commissioner, Pol Lt Gen Thiti Saengsawang, to instruct investigators to look into all aspects of the case, Royal Thai Police (RTP) spokesman Pol Maj Gen Archayon Kraithong said on Saturday (Jan 28), reports the Bangkok Post.

Pol Gen Damrongsak wanted the investigation expedited and the truth brought to light.

“If the probe results find the accused officers guilty, drastic disciplinary and legal action will be taken against them,” said Pol Maj Gen Archayon, quoting the national police chief.

The actress, Charlene An, complained via social media that she was stopped by police near the Chinese embassy at about 1am on Jan 4 and was kept there for about two hours.

According to her complaint, the officers told her that her visa on arrival was unacceptable and must be printed in her passport with an official emblem.

After being searched and having long conversations with police and asking what she did wrong, the 33-year-old finally learned she had to pay for her freedom. She paid B27,000 and was freed.

Pacific Prime Thailand

On Friday, the RTP spokesman said footage from three security cameras in the area where the alleged extortion took place contradicts her account of the incident.

The woman was together with three men in a Grab taxi, a red Mazda 2, which was stopped by police at a security checkpoint at 2.27am, said Pol Maj Gen Archayon.

The four passengers were asked to get out of the car. They stood on the pavement while communicating with the officers for a long while before an orange taxi came and picked them up, said Pol Maj Gen Archayon.

From start to finish, neither the actress nor the three men were seen walking into the alley to pay the police as was claimed.

The first Grab driver who picked the four up and drove them to where they were stopped claimed the woman passenger was drunk.

However, the actress insisted she was not drunk and challenged police to show their CCTV footage.

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christysweet | 30 January 2023 - 12:20:19

POLL Do Thais hold a special animosity for native English speaking  Asians ? 

Kurt | 30 January 2023 - 08:47:24

For low educated RTP Officers is Thailand centerpoint of the world. [ fair enough.  :-) ]  Actually, for them the outside world doesn't exist. So they miss all publications in foreign social media about their extorting bribes, shake downs, harassing foreigners.
many of RTP miss the boomerang effect of social media.

JohnC | 30 January 2023 - 08:25:28

Hard to prove one way or the other. Only those actually there know the real truth. Obviously the RTP chief will side with his own cronies trying to 'protect their image'.

Kurt | 30 January 2023 - 08:19:03

Foreigner doesn't need to carry passport around. Copy is enough ( BP: Spokesman RTP Lt Gen Prawut Thawornsiri, d.d Dec 17, 2014). It was a comment on continues chake down of RTP officers. You can wave good bye, walk away. Record it with your smartphone. Boys in brown still not learned the strenght of international social media. Confronted they are shocked, lie, twist and slap wild around. Dumb...

Capricornball | 29 January 2023 - 18:08:44

Without a doubt, the easiest way for the cops to clear themselves is to show the police CCTV footage from inside the station, not cameras they have selected. If the cameras show Ms. An and the other Korean group, then the cops are dirty. If the footage inside the station is not available or "cameras were broken at the time", the cops are dirty. Too bad Ms. An's phone doesn't have...

Kurt | 29 January 2023 - 11:48:02

Must be easy to start a weekly edition of a Thai National Corruption & Bribe Newspaper. Sure weekly enough to report.


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