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    Sun, 23/11/2014

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    Commander of the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) and the superintendent of the CSD's first subdivision were removed from their active posts in this powerful police unit to the Royal Thai Police Operations Centre with immediate effect today.

    In another order signed Friday by Royal Thai Police commissioner Pol Gen Somyot Phumpanmuang, both CSD commander Pol Maj-Gen Chaitat Boonkham and first subdivision superintendent Pol Col Akarawut Limratana are transferred to the Royal Thai Police Operations Centre with immediate effect.

    They were ordered to report to the centre by 4.00 pm today.

    No reason was given in the sudden transfer of both officers. The order said only for peace and order, and work efficiency.

    Pol Maj- Sombat was just appointed CSD commander early last month. He is said to have close connection with the Central Investigation Bureau commissioner Pol Lt-Gen Pongpat Chayaphan who was earlier this week transferred to the Royal Thai Police Operations Centre long with his deputy.

    Royal Thai Police commissioner Pol Gen Somyot explained briefly today that Pol Lt-Gen Pongpat is an experienced and capable officer and he needed to assign him a big job.

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        Warrants, arrest for CIB chief, 9 others
        23/11/2014


        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 are also wanted for other charges under the warrants approved by the court.

        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 Pumpanmuang, the national police chief.

        A high-level source said all of the ten people had been arrested and were being detained at an undisclosed location for interrogation.
        The 10 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 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 malfeasance under Section 157 of the Criminal Code;

        - Pol Col Wuthichart Luansukhan, on charges of demanding and taking bribes under Sections 148 and 149 and malfeasance 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 Col Kowit Muangnual, commander of the Samut Sakhon immigration police, on charges of forest destruction and encroachment in violation of the Forestry Act and illegally building structures over public waterways in violation of the Thai Waters Navigation Act;

        - Sudathip Muangnual, Pol Col Kowit's wife, on the same charges as her husband;

        - Sawong Mungthian, on charges of possessing carcasses of protected animals 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, along with Pol Col Akrawut Limrat, an officer of the Crime Suppression Divison who was pronounced dead at Phra Mongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok on Thursday after sustaining several spinal fractures in a "fall from a high place".

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        • #5
          Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) chief and 7 others arrested, charged

          http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/gene...rested-charged

          Spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri said the eight had warrants issued for them and have been arrested. Police will seek approval from the Criminal Court on Monday for detention. The spokesman refused to disclose the location where they are being held or exactly when the arrests were made.

          The Daily News newspaper reported on Sunday that Pol Lt Gen Pongpat was detained for interrogation on Saturday, the same day that the court endorsed the warrants dated Friday and sought by national police chief Somyot Pumpanmuang.

          The warrants covered seven police officers and three civilians.

          The other officers are CIB deputy chief Kowit Wongrungroj, Marine Police chief Boonsueb Praitheuan and Wuthichart Luansukhan of the Consumer Protection Police Division, and Surasak Channgao, Chatrin Laothong and Samut Sakhon immigration chief Kowit Muangnual.

          Pol Sr Sgt Maj Surasak is the CIB chief's driver.

          The three civilians are Sudathip Muangnual, Pol Col Kowit Muangnual's wife, Sawong Mungthian and Roengsak Saknarongdej.

          The spokesman said Mrs Sawong and Mr Roengsak are on the run and police are trying to locate them. He claimed the people arrested had confessed their crimes to investigators.

          A police source said Pol Lt Gen Pongpat is being held at Tao Pun police station and Pol Maj Gen Kowit Wongrungroj is being detained at Phahon Yothin police station.

          According to media reports, Pol Lt Gen Pongpat and Pol Maj Gen Kowit Wongrungroj are charged with 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 Anti-Money Laundering Act.

          Pol Maj Gen Boonsueb faces charges of demanding bribes under Section 149 and malfeasance under Section 157 of the Criminal Code.

          Pol Col Wuthichart is on charges of demanding and taking bribes under Sections 148 and 149 and malfeasance under Section 157 of the Criminal Code.

          Pol Sr Sgt Maj Surasak and Pol Sr Sgt Maj Chatrin are up on charges of violating Sections 148, 149 and 157 of the Criminal Code.

          Pol Col Kowit Muangnual and his wife are charged over forest destruction and encroachment in violation of the Forestry Act and illegally building structures over public waterways in violation of the Thai Waters Navigation Act.

          Mrs Sawong and Mr Roengsak are charged with possessing the carcasses of protected animals in violation of the Wildlife Protection and Conservation Act.

          All of the police officers had earlier been transferred to the police operations centre at the Royal Thai Police Office, along with Akrawut Limrat, an officer of the Crime Suppression Division who was pronounced dead at Phra Mongkutklao Hospital on Thursday after sustaining several spinal fractures in a "fall from a high place".

          Pol Lt Gen Pongpat and Pol Maj Gen Kowit Wongrungroj were transferred from the CIB to the police head office by the police chief on Nov 11 with no clear reasons. Pol Gen Somyot only said later that the two would be given an "important assignment".

          The spokesman said Pol Col Akrawut had been linked to the arrested officers but did not face arrest.

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            Thailand displays cash, luxury cars seized in probe into senior police
            Reporting by Aukkarapon Niyomyat;
            Writing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre;
            Editing by Simon Webb and Nick Macfie

            BANGKOK, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Thai police displayed stacks of cash, luxury cars and an extensive collection of antique Buddha statues on Tuesday seized in a probe that has led to the arrest of seven police on charges ranging from insulting the monarchy to money laundering.

            Two of the seven have been charged with violating Thailand's strict lese-majeste law, which makes it a crime to defame, insult or threaten the monarchy.

            "Some secretly referred to or openly referred to the monarchy in various matters including transfers, illegal gambling deals and oil smuggling," police chief Somyot Pumpanmuang told reporters, giving no further details.

            News about the monarchy is heavily filtered by the palace, and under the lese-majeste laws, the world's harshest, anything deemed an insult or a threat to the monarchy is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

            It is rare for high-ranking officials to face lese-majeste charges.

            Police Lieutenant General Pongpat Chayaphan, a former commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau who was sidelined through a transfer to an inactive post earlier this month, and his deputy, Police Major General Kowit Wongrungroj, are accused of using the monarchy for personal benefit.

            Police said a search of their homes revealed assets worth a total of more than a billion baht ($30.52 million). Police showed slides of goods they said were found at eleven safe houses in the capital Bangkok and around the country.

            One slide showed a large collection of what appear to be antique Buddhist statues and stacks of Thai currency on the floor. Other photographs showed rows of luxury cars parked in a garage and cases of gold jewellery.

            More officers may have been involved in the range of offences under investigation, national police chief Somyot told reporters. Those offences included bribery and extortion, he added.

            "There are possibly many others," he said. "If there is evidence against any others we will proceed without hesitation."

            Thailand's military, which took power in a May coup, has vowed to reform the police, widely seen as one of the country's most corrupt institutions.

            (1 US dollar = 32.7700 Thai baht)

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            • #7
              Thai police royal defamation probe widens
              JEROME TAYLOR
              ANUSAK KONGLANG

              A major Thai police corruption probe was widened Tuesday with a third high-ranking officer charged under the country's strict royal defamation rules in what analysts said was a rare purge of the kingdom's top brass.

              The investigation comes six months after the military took over in a coup and centres around a group of police officers allegedly led by Pongpat Chayapun, the head of Thailand's elite Central Investigation Bureau.

              Pongpat and two other senior officers -- his deputy Kowit Vongrongrot and marine police chief Boonsueb Praithuen -- have all been charged under Thailand's lese majeste law as well as with a slew of bribery and corruption charges.

              Under the royal defamation legislation -- one of the world's strictest -- anyone convicted of insulting the king, queen, heir or regent faces up to 15 years in prison on each count.

              The three senior officers, who have been dismissed from their posts, are also accused of running illegal gambling and oil rackets, police said Tuesday.

              At a press conference in Bangkok the country's police chief displayed pictures of what he said were assets worth $61 million taken from the suspects' homes, including jewellery, ivory tusks, gold ingots, paintings and antique furniture.


              Thai policemen watch as pictures of confiscated goods are projected on screens during a press conference addressed by national police chief Somyot Poompanmoung at the Royal Thai Police headquarters in Bangkok on November 25, 2014
              Christophe Archambault, AFP

              "The suspects had been making false claims to gain benefits through police promotions, illegal gambling and illegal oil trading," national police chief Somyot Poompanmoung said in reference to the lese majeste charges.

              Somyot did not elaborate on how the "false claims" related to the monarchy.

              Both Thai and international media must heavily self-censor when covering the country's lese majeste rules. Even repeating details of the charges could mean breaking the law under section 112 of Thailand's criminal code.

              "This case is very important and very sensitive so police may not make detailed disclosures about the ongoing investigations," Somyot said.

              - 12 now charged -

              Four more officers and five civilians have been charged in the probe, though they are not currently charged under the lese majeste law, he added. The total number of people now charged stands at 12.

              Somyot said he was confident further assets were hidden and that Pongpat had confessed to the charges against him.

              Analysts said the investigation of such senior officers was extremely rare and could be an attempt by the military to strengthen their hold over the police following the May coup.


              Thai police stand guard outside a cinema hall ahead of a planned anti-coup protest in Bangkok, on November 20, 2014
              Christophe Archambault, AFP

              "The junta is trying to weaken Thailand's police while also turning the police into a loyal tool of the army," Paul Chambers, director of research at the Institute of Southeast Asian Affairs in Chiang Mai, told AFP.

              David Streckfuss, a Thailand-based analyst, said it was rare in recent years for lese majeste to be used to bring down high-ranking officials.

              He said the controversial law had been more readily deployed against pro-democracy activists and members of the "red shirt" movement loyal to fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

              "To see this charge now against high-ranking policemen is indeed a surprise and perhaps reflects efforts by the military to dismantle the power structure of the police," he said.

              Rights groups say there has been a rise in both charges and convictions under Thailand's royal slur law since the army seized power.

              Under martial law -- declared two days before the coup by then-army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who is now premier -- suspects are tried under military courts, where there is no right to appeal. Earlier cases were handled in civilian courts.

              The royal family is a highly sensitive topic in the politically turbulent kingdom where 86-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest reigning monarch, is revered by many as a demi-god.

              The law is designed to protect the monarchy from insult, but academics say it has been politicised in recent years as the king, who is currently in a Bangkok hospital, grows increasingly frail.

              The coup was the latest twist in Thailand's long-running political conflict, which broadly pits a Bangkok-based middle class and royalist elite, backed by parts of the military and judiciary, against rural and working-class voters loyal to Thaksin.

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                Prayut asks Thai Public Not to Assume all Police are Corrupt


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                • #9
                  RTP : 50 officers accused in graft probe

                  50 officers accused in graft probe
                  28/11/2014

                  Police are investigating close to 50 more law enforcement officials whose names appear on a bribe payment record seized from a house owned by a southern businessman suspected of operating a major oil-smuggling ring in the South.
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                  • #10
                    Lese majeste suspect surrenders
                    Sunday Nation December 7, 2014

                    Chao Phraya Express Boat Co managing director and former Navy officer Parinya Rakwathin, who was wanted for lese majeste, surrendered to police yesterday.

                    Parinya is allegedly linked to a debt-collecting racket that allegedly cited the monarchy when carrying out its crimes.

                    Meanwhile, an informed source reported that Pathum Thani's Khlong Luang police yesterday morning apprehended ice-making businesswoman Nuanrat Hengkitcharoenlert, 48, who was wanted for her alleged role in having her ice-making rival at a Pathum Thani wholesale market threatened by the monarchy-citing debt-collecting racket.

                    Metropolitan Police Bureau Lt-General Sriwara Rangsipram-manakul said Parinya initially confessed to being linked to the wanted billionaire businessman Nopporn Suppipat and the racketeering suspect Chakan Phakphum.

                    Sriwara declined to give further details as the investigation was ongoing.

                    He said Parinya would be detained by Wat Phaya Krai police before being brought to the Military Court tomorrow.

                    Acting Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) chief Lt-General Prawut Thavornsiri said Nuanrat's group was linked to and operated similarly to the alleged debt-collecting racket run by Chakan.

                    Chakan's group allegedly cited the monarchy when committing its offences in the jurisdiction of Wat Phaya Krai police.

                    Chakan is reportedly related to disgraced former CIB chief Lt-General Pongpat Chayaphan.

                    Meanwhile, the police hunt for billionaire Nopporn - wanted over the alleged abduction and intimidation of someone he owed Bt120 million - was ongoing yesterday.

                    Prawut affirmed that there had been no report of Nopporn having fled to Canada and there were no more leads as to his whereabouts.

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                    • #11
                      National police chief Pol Gen Somyot Pumpunmuang vowed Thursday that all corrupt officers will face the full force of the law.
                      He might just as well pick up the entire police force then. I hope he's into self-flagellation.

                      I can't believe Somyot is in the position he is in without committing the same crimes...he just has a different benefactor.

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                      • #12
                        Pongpat cohort hauled in
                        11/12/2014

                        Police yesterday arrested the wife of a former Samut Sakhon Immigration Police chief on a lese majeste charge, which has been added to previous charges of public land encroachment.


                        Sudathip: Charged with lese majeste

                        Sudathip Muangnual, the wife of Pol Col Kowit Muangnual, was part of the alleged criminal network led by former Central Investigation Bureau chief Pongpat Chayapan, Pol Maj Gen Sombat Milintachinda, chief investigator at the Metropolitan Police Bureau, said yesterday.

                        Late last month, Ms Sudathip was arrested with Pol Lt Gen Pongpat, her husband and other alleged accomplices on a number of charges, including demanding money from illegal oil operators, running gambling dens and money laundering. She was also alleged to have constructed buildings on forest land.

                        But Ms Sudathip evaded the lese majeste charge at the time because police did not have enough evidence, and she was released on bail on Nov 24.

                        Then yesterday, with new evidence, police stormed a house on Soi Thawi Watthana where they detained Ms Sudathip for questioning, Pol Maj Gen Sombat said.

                        A police source said Ms Sudathip is accused of citing the royal institution to help her win a contract to supply food for an establishment.

                        People affected by Ms Sudathip's alleged misconduct lodged complaints with Sam Sen police station on Tuesday, the source said.

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                        • #13
                          Immigration policeman's wife detained
                          12/12/2014

                          The wife of a former Samut Sakhon immigration police chief was remanded to detention Thursday on a lese majeste charge.


                          Sudathip Muangnual is escorted by police to the Criminal Court before her detention on a lese majeste charge.
                          (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)Worakorn: Seeks justice for brother

                          Meanwhile, Worakorn Chiansoemsin, the brother of Sahachai "Sia Jo" Chiansoemsin, a fugitive convicted of document forgery and also suspected of oil smuggling in the South, is calling for justice for his brother.

                          Mr Worakorn and his lawyer Thursday submitted a document to the Metropolitan Police Bureau, saying it suggests police officers received bribes in oil smuggling.

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                          • #14
                            Police Expand Investigation Over 'Lese Majeste Foodstuff Conspiracy'
                            14 December 2014



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                            • #15
                              Court documents note that Sudathip won the contract to supply the Crown Prince's palace kitchen staff with chili paste that costs 300 baht per kilogram - twice the average price in Thai markets - and boiled cabbage that costs 90 baht per kilogram, Prachatai reported.
                              So, if she won the tender at that price, shouldn't the royal purchasing department be questioned?

                              Every penny counts in a country where only three new planes is called belt-tightening

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