Popular Post webfact 167159 Posted March 31 Popular Post Share Posted March 31 Picture: Thai Rath Thai Rath reported that six police defendants in a police flats corruption scandal had been jailed for life by the Central Court for Corruption and Misconduct cases. Two others received lesser jail terms. The court has been very busy recently with bent cops and other officials. With the public wondering if the Royal Thai Police are rotten to the core, as some suggest, or maybe it's just a few bad apples. This case decided yesterday was brought by the NACC, the office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission. It comes on the same day that details of a gun stealing cop who was jailed for life came to light. The bent officers in this case creamed 90 million baht off the top in a project to build 167 five story buildings for dozens of police families each. The total budget was 3.7 billion baht but it was discovered that money had gone missing. Six defendants after various considerations were decided on by the court, got 33 years and 4 months and were fined 260,000 baht each. Two others were handed jail terms of 3 years four months and 12 years 6 months. The convicted officers included many very senior policemen. One was of the rank of lieutenant general - a man called Theerayuth (the same as a deputy commander of the RTP), two major generals (police that would be provincial commanders) two police colonels (usually station chiefs) as well as several lesser ranked police. The construction company involved was defendant #9 in the case. This case is the latest headache for RTP chief Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittipraphat who's brief tenure at the helm has been riddled with corruption charges both proven and under investigation against his men. Critics of the RTP say they are a state mafia in brown uniforms, nothing more nothing less. Others say there are some good police but they are few and far between. What is certain is that the swathe of bad press for the RTP is further eroding the Thai public's confidence in their police. If indeed they had much to begin with. Further reporting and detail provided by ASEAN NOW's news team. -- © Copyright ASEAN NOW 2023-03-31 - Cigna offers a range of visa-compliant plans that meet the minimum requirement of medical treatment, including COVID-19, up to THB 3m. For more information on all expat health insurance plans click here. The most versatile and flexible rental investment and holiday home solution in Thailand - click for more information. Get your business in front of millions of customers who read ASEAN NOW with an interest in Thailand every month - email [email protected] for more information 3 4 Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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