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Police chief to take over ’Tuhao’ probe

Police chief to take over ’Tuhao’ probe

BANGKOK: National police chief Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas said he will take charge of the investigation into a criminal syndicate linked to Chinese businessman and suspected crime boss Chaiyanat ‘Tuhao’ Kornchayanant.

By Bangkok Post

Monday 12 December 2022, 08:53AM

Businessman Chaiyanat Kornchayanant, alias Tuhao (right) is taken to the Criminal Court after police questioning last month. Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya / Bangkok Post

Businessman Chaiyanat Kornchayanant, alias Tuhao (right) is taken to the Criminal Court after police questioning last month. Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya / Bangkok Post

Gen Damrongsak said the move is in response to criticism by former politician and massage parlour tycoon Chuvit Kamolvisit regarding the investigation. He says police have been too slow to act, reports the Bangkok Post.

He said Mr Chuvit keeps leaking information to the public about a Chinese gang allegedly involved in the matter, and bribe-taking in the immigration service. Mr Chuvit has also accused the police of dragging their feet on the investigation, he said.

“To prevent misunderstandings over what Mr Chuvit said regarding the police investigation, I will closely supervise and direct the investigation,” Gen Damrongsak said.

“I strongly believe this investigation is for real, not for show as accused.”

Previously, Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, the deputy national police chief, was assigned to supervise the investigation, which was being handled by a police investigation team headed by the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, Gen Damrongsak said.

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As for the investigation’s progress, so far nine key suspects, including Mr Chaiyanat, have been arrested, he said.

He also dismissed a claim by Mr Chuvit that only six people had undergone urine drug tests on Oct 26 when the police raided the Jinling pub in Bangkok, the operation that marked the beginning of this investigation.

A total of 104 people tested positive for drugs at the scene, while only 77 were later confirmed by drug tests run by Thanyarak Hospital, he said, adding 66 of them admitted to using drugs while the rest denied any wrongdoing.

One of the 77 drug suspects fled while the rest are facing prosecution, he said.

“The police are widening their investigation, seizing assets linked to the gang and tracking more suspects believed to be involved,” he said.

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Capricornball | 12 December 2022 - 16:27:52

@Poolie...Chuwit is not a cop and is not in line to receive anything...except a boost in support from others that have had enough of police corruption. 

Capricornball | 12 December 2022 - 16:24:45

This must be a retirement gift...one more hefty feeding at the trough before retiring to his mountain chalet and garage full of luxury cars and various toys that could never be afforded on a cops salary. A friend of mine's dad is a retired BKK Police Chief, they really do have a luxury mountain home, and travel the world like nobody I know. The sinful spoils of corruption.

Pooliekev | 12 December 2022 - 16:05:29

Chuwit has said his 5% is to go to hospitals, so no corruption here, although the ageing expats will see it anyway.

Fascinated | 12 December 2022 - 11:40:24

Not surprised he has taken over as those involved in 'investigations' here get 5% of the value of the seized goods. When is corruption not corruption? Giving rewards to the BiB for doing their job is ridiculous.

Kurt | 12 December 2022 - 09:23:26

General Damrongsak is a 'believer'? Not a fact finder/investigator? Believers give room to all kind of happenings. Fact findings is to solid? Not enough 'rewarding'? Shuffling/believing gives room for mediation. Facts don't.


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