Updated: One man’s corruption?

8 03 2015

With the attempted murder (or something similar) of an “associate” of “disgraced former Central Investigation Bureau chief Pongpat Chayapan,” the cases surrounding Pongpat get murkier (and nastier) by the day.

As the Bangkok Post explains, “[m]ystery surrounds the abduction and assault” of Chanita Kinnis. She claims that she was abducted and when she was found her hands were tied and there was “bruising on her neck, which police believe was the result of being strangled.”

Chanita states that she was:

… abducted while on her way to the Anti-Money Laundering Office, where she had an appointment with officials. She claimed that she heard her attacker talking on a phone with somebody who, she said, ordered him to kill her. She was strangled, hit on the head and left at the golf course.

Chanita added that:

… she and her mother were associates of Pongpat, whose assets were seized by authorities after his involvement in a criminal network was uncovered. She said her assets were also frozen and she had gone to meet Amlo officials to talk about the case. She did not go into detail about her relationship with Pongpat, apart from saying that her mother had done business with him.

Provincial Police Region 1 commander Pol Lt Gen Amnuay Nimmano she was abducted, driven away and beaten and strangled in a robbery.

A mystery indeed. As is the claim that Pongpat was accumulated massive amounts of money, antiques, luxury cars, art, expensive wine, jewelry, and all kinds of baubles and toys for himself.

An AP report tells us that, some of Pongpat’s haul is to be sold in a”four-day auction that … features a small portion of the 27,000 items police say they seized from … Pongpat…”. We find it very hard to believe.

Authorities apparently express “shock over Pongpat’s misdeeds,” and yet they all knew the rumors of Pongpat operating with approval from a highly-placed influential person.

The report explains:

Pongpat’s case is interwoven with the still-mysterious estrangement of Thailand’s Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn and his third wife, the former Princess Srirasm. Pongpat is Srirasm’s uncle, and the couple’s split was publicized soon after the police scandal emerged last year. But in a country where insulting the monarchy can bring a 15-year prison sentence, nobody is asking too many questions.

Pongpat is accused “of leading a network responsible for offenses including money laundering, extortion and taking bribes from oil smugglers, illegal gambling dens and police officers seeking promotions” and of lese majete. As Col. Seehanat Prayoonrat, head of the Anti-Money Laundering Office,observes: “This is a very, very unusual case. There could not be another one like it…. It’s frightening. Surprising, how one person can do a thing like this…”.

Exactly.

Update: Police now claim that Chanita made up the story of her abduction to impress a boyfriend. Perhaps, but can anyone believe any story that has emerged from the royal housecleaning? In any case, we can only wonder that a woman connected to Pongpat would concoct a story to apparently impress a boyfriend with an AMLO fetish. The kingdom of make believe is in great form. The concoctions are probably with the police.


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17 03 2015
Gold and the family | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] readers will have followed the auctions of the alleged illicit goods that were in the hands of Pongpat Chayapan. In a related case, still burying the family and associates of Srirasmi, the brother of the […]

17 03 2015
Gold and the family | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] readers will have followed the auctions of the alleged illicit goods that were in the hands of Pongpat Chayapan. In a related case, still burying the family and associates of Srirasmi, the brother of the […]




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