Hung by his own words

11 02 2018

We are pleased that some media and a few critics have taken up the obvious corruption of former top cop Pol Gen Somyos Pumpanmuang.

The Nation reports that Watchara Petthong, a former Democrat Party MP, has called on the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) to “probe a retired national police commissioner who recently admitted borrowing Bt300 million from a wanted brothel owner and doing police work as a sideline.”

Watchara wasn’t sure exactly who should be investigating but reckoned that the former police chief under the military junta needed to be investigated and hung out on his own words.

Somyos has confirmed that he and Kampol had been friends “for long time” and added that they had also  done “some business together.”

Watchara was also surprised by comments Somyos made in a radio news programme. Here, we are pleased that Watchara is actually taking up points we have made at PPT over a long period. In the reported radio show, the former police boss stated that he had earned a great deal of money from business during his tenure as the police commissioner. He reportedly added that “being a police officer was just a sideline.”

We know that the latter point is true and we have long pointed to the business connections Somyos had while a policeman.

As The Dictator’s top police officer it is likely that Somyos will have considerable support within the police and in higher reaches of government. But even they will be exasperated that Somyos has hung himself by his own words.



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