Updated: Corrupt coppers and the rotten system

7 09 2021

Rotten

The stories about corrupt cops keep coming. We could say rotten to the core, but rotten at the top is more appropriate.

The Bangkok Post reports that Pol Col Thitisan “Joe” Uttanapol or “Joe Ferrari,” caught on camera suffocating a man to death, has more money than any cop deserves.

Investigators say they have found he “owns property with an estimated value of at least 600 million baht.” We’d guess that this figure is an underestimate.

The investigators found Joe had “considerable assets in money and property,” saying this all came “from arrest rewards and tax-evasion concerning the import and sale of luxury vehicles, many of which had earlier been seized by the Customs Department.”

Clipped from the Bangkok Post

This is the investigators excusing Joes’ great wealth.

Deputy national police chief Pol Gen Suchart Theerasawat claimed Joe had “seized 410 imported cars for tax evasion and then gone on to oversee and profit from their auction by the Customs Department.”

Seriously? Even if accurate, did no one more senior than Joe not think this unusual? Of course not. Sounds like a scam to us.

But that’s how the Royal Thai Police operate.

Added to this corrupt tale is more reporting on the hit-and-run case involving the scion of the Red Bull empire, Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, who ran over and killed a lowly policeman and then fled the scene to his family palace.

A decision to “decide whether or not to endorse the findings of an internal disciplinary probe against Nate Naksuk, a former deputy attorney-general, over his questionable handling of the case. Nate was “backed by another high-ranking public prosecutor” in deciding to “drop the charge against … Vorayuth,” using “new” evidence “which painted the deceased victim of the crash as being responsible for his death.”

An internal team was assigned to probe if  Nate did anything wrong in using what seems concocted and paid-for “evidence.” Leaks suggest Nate is being let off. There’s no end to cover-ups.

Some time ago, following a public outcry over earlier cover-ups, Vicha Mahakun led a panel “which eventually found irregularities and interventions that were aimed to whitewash the wealthy scion.” Vicha and his panel “found evidence of intervention by officials, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, lawyers and witnesses.”

The Post states:

It is time the RTP wakes up to reality. The agency can no longer buy time with the hope that the public will soon forget. Thais can easily forget many, many things — but certainly not the Red Bull’s scion hit-and-run case.

Yet they keep getting away with murder, literally. The system is rotten, run by rotten men, all of whom benefit from the rotten system.

Update: Jonathan Head of the BBC in Bangkok has a useful and detailed story on the corrupt cop Joe Ferrari.


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17 09 2021
The rotten system II | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Remember Pol Col Thitisan Uttanapol or “Joe Ferrari,” recently caught on camera suffocating a man to death with plastic bags while “interrogating” a suspect and trying to extort money? You might think that Joe learned his plastic bag trick from watching gangster movies. But it seems he may have been trained by the police. Prachatai reports on “the case of Somsak Chuenchit and his 12-year effort to bring the police officers who tortured his son by beating and suffocating him with plastic bags during an interrogation.” The report states: […]

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