Purging police

23 11 2014

The Bangkok Post has a remarkable report on a purge taking place within the police, apparently arranged by wealthy police chief Somyos Pumpanmuang. This purge can only have been completed with the approval of The Dictator, General Prayuth Chan-ocha. If not, expect to see Somyos sent packing pretty soon. THe nature of the purge – personal or political – is currently unclear to us.

PPT simply reproduces this report from the Bangkok Post, for it is so astounding that it must be read in full:

The Criminal Court on Saturday approved warrants for the arrest of Pol Lt Gen Pongpat Chayaphan, commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB), and his deputy Pol Maj Gen Kowit Wongrungroj on serious charges including lese majeste under Section 112 of the Criminal Code.

Five other police officers and three civilians were also now wanted for other charges under the warrants approved by the court yesterday.

The requests for approval of the warrants were filed with the Criminal Court on Nov 21 by Pol Lt Gen Sriwarah Rangsiphramanakul, the Metropolitan Police Bureau commissioner, as ordered by Pol Gen Somyot Phumphanmuang, the national police chief.

A high-level source said all of the ten persons had now been arrested and were being detained at an undisclosed location for interrogation.

The ten persons and charges against them are as follows:

– Pol Lt Gen Pongpat Chayaphan, the CIB commissioner, on charges of lese majeste under Section 112 of the Criminal Code, bribery under Sections 148 and 149 of the Criminal Code, abuse of power under Section 157 of the Criminal Code, and violating the the Anti-Money Laundering Act;

– Pol Maj Gen Kowit Wongrungroj, the CIB deputy commissioner, on the same charges as Pol Lt Gen Pongpat;

– Pol Maj Gen Boonsueb Praitheuan on charges of demanding bribes under Section 149 and malfeasances under Section 157 of the Criminal Code;

– Pol Col Wuthichart Luansukhan on charges of demanding and taking bribes under Sections 148-149  and malfeasances under Section 157 of the Criminal Code;

– Pol Sr Sgt Maj Surasak Channgao (Pol Lt Gen Pongpat’s driver) on charges of violating Sections 148 – 149 and 157 of the Criminal Code;

– Pol Sr Sgt Maj Chatrin Laothong on the same charges as Pol Sr Sgt Maj Surasak;

– Pol Kowit Muangnual, commander of the Samut Sakhon immigration police, on charges of forest destruction and encroachments in violation of the Forestry Act and illegally building of structures over public waterways in violation of the Thai Waters Navigation Act;

– Sudathip Muangnual, Pol Kowit’s wife, on the same charges as her husband;

– Sawong Mungthian on charges of having carcasses of protected animals in possession in violation of the Wildlife Protection and Conservation Act; and

– Roengsak Saknarongdej on the same charges as Mrs Sawong.

All of the police officers had earlier been transferred to the police operations centre at the Royal Thai Police Office, including Pol Col Akrawut Limrat, an officer of the Crime Suppression Divison, who was pronounced dead at Phra Mongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok on Thursday after he had sustained several spinal fractures in a “fall from a high place.”


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