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Police release details of alleged Phuket illegal immigrant corruption racket

PHUKET: Police spearheading the investigation into alleged shakedowns and possible extortion – or at the very least acceptance of an estimated B100 million in bribes – to not present illegal immigrants arrested to Phuket Immigration for deportation have publicly revealed the extent of the alleged racket.


By The Phuket News

Tuesday 14 November 2017, 11:52AM


Of note, Patong Police Station reported 862	immigrants arrested, but only 52 being presented to Phuket Immigration – leaving 810 of those arrested unaccounted for, while Phuket City Police Station	 arrested 174 immigrants during the period, with all 174 presented to Phuket Immigration – a discrepancy of zero.

Of note, Patong Police Station reported 862 immigrants arrested, but only 52 being presented to Phuket Immigration – leaving 810 of those arrested unaccounted for, while Phuket City Police Station arrested 174 immigrants during the period, with all 174 presented to Phuket Immigration – a discrepancy of zero.

The revelation came in a notice issued by Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Col Peerayuth Karajadee to Region 8 Police dated Sunday (Nov 12), but revealed yesterday (Nov 13).

The notice explains that Phuket Provincial Police had learned that 142 illegal immigrants had been arrested but not presented to immigration, thus sparking the fuller probe into all police stations across Phuket.

In learning of the initial 142 foreigners not duly processed came the news that local police were being paid up to B100mn a month in bribes for overstaying their visas in Phuket. (See story here.)

Phuket Provincial Police subsequently ordered 11 police stations on the island to report the number of illegal immigrants arrested over the past year, from “October 2016 to October 2017” so that the arrest statistics could be compared with those of Phuket Immigration.

Of note, Patong Police Station reported 862 immigrants arrested, but only 52 being presented to Phuket Immigration – leaving 810 of those arrested unaccounted for.

In stark contrast, Phuket City Police Station arrested 174 immigrants during the period, with all 174 presented to Phuket Immigration – a discrepancy of zero.

The revelation of the huge discrepancy at Patong Police Station comes just days after former Patong Police Chief Col Chaiwat Uikam and the Patong Police Deputy Chief Lt Col Somsak Thongkleng on Friday being transferred out of Phuket to the former Region 8 Police Headquarters in Surat Thani province until further notice following allegations of taking bribes from entertainment venues in Patong. (See story here.)

The details revealed in the notice are as follows:

Police Station

Arrested

Reported to immigration

Unaccounted for

Sakoo Police Station

76

3

73

Thalang Police Station

78

16

62

Chalong Police Station

171

52

119

Karon Police Station

344

95

249

Kamala Police Station

269

145

124

Tha Chatchai police Station

20

2

18

Cherng Talay Police Station

75

60

15

Patong Police Station

862

52

810

Kathu Police Station

98

27

71

Wichit Police Station

248

59

189

Phuket City Police Station

174

174

0

Total

2,415

685

1,730

So far 15 police officers across Phuket have been named as under investigation for their possible connection to the racket. (See story here.)

 

 

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Timothy | 15 November 2017 - 09:38:05

It would be interesting to now how many of the 685 are now unaccounted for after having been reported to the Immigration...

Nasa12 | 15 November 2017 - 07:01:38

This is probably just a drop in the ocean, it will come more.

Kurt | 14 November 2017 - 13:12:05

The notice shows what the real problem is!  It is money!! Not fair shared !

The Immigration Police Dept is simply p....d off that the number of reported are 685 only. 
The MONTHLY B100 million the 'normal' police collected concerns a great deal of the 'Unaccounted For', and the Immigration police was left out in 'sharing'.
That was not fair. hahahaha
Hillarious. 

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