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Top brass ‘took bribes’ for triad visas

Top brass ‘took bribes’ for triad visas

BANGKOK: Three former division commanders of the Immigration Bureau (IB) took bribes in exchange for approving applications for non-immigrant visas for at least 3,325 Chinese nationals who entered Thailand on a tourist visa, according to former politician and massage parlour tycoon Chuwit Kamolvisit.

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 8 December 2022, 11:48AM


Chuwit Kamolvisit. Photo: Bangkok Post

Chuwit Kamolvisit. Photo: Bangkok Post

The approvals of these non-immigrant visas - Type B (Business) and Type O (Other purposes) - were made between 2020 and last year by the three police major-generals, the Bangkok Post reports Mr Chuwit as saying yesterday (Dec 7).

Two of them, identified by Mr Chuwit only by the initials of their first names K and D, are former classmates of deputy national police chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn at the Royal Police Cadet Academy (RPCA), he claimed.

He identified the other as “N”, claiming this is the initial of his first name.

All three served as chiefs of the IB’s Divisions 4 and 5, said Mr Chuwit.

“Since Pol Maj Gen K and Pol Maj Gen D, who signed to approve these visa-switching applications for the Chinese nationals, are Pol Gen Surachate’s classmates, I was wondering if he would ever dare take action against them,” Mr Chuwit asked.

According to him, the cost of getting such an application approved by the three former commanders ranged from B100,000-300,000 per person.

Chinese nationals arrived in Thailand on a tourist visa which allowed them to stay for 30 days.

During that time they sought to have their visas changed to a Type B or Type O with the help of the Chinese criminal syndicate being investigated independently in connection with the drug trade and other illegal activities, said Mr Chuwit.

A Chinese legal firm was set up to assist them, he said, adding the Khon Kaen-based Prans Hanyu Foundation was also involved in the racket.

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maverick | 09 December 2022 - 07:24:53

Capricornball@ corruption is a two way street it is also fueled by those who flout the rules by using agents for visas, driving licenses etc its a two way street cut off the supply and it limits opportunity for these sleaze balls to line their pockets. Govt paying better would also  make a big difference.

Capricornball | 08 December 2022 - 15:45:39

Funny how a "massage parlour tycoon" is wagging his finger of moral indignance at rotten cops. With that said, it is great that he came out and fingered the police criminals point blank, and it will be interesting to see how it unfolds (or disappears). There seems to be nowhere a person can turn without encountering corruption at every level of government. Disgusting people.

maverick | 08 December 2022 - 15:11:15

Probably used an agent :-) :-) bet they paid more than 25k 

Old guy | 08 December 2022 - 12:38:41

Does this actually come as a surprise to anyone?
The fish is rotten. 

 

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