Military purge of the Royal Thai Police continues

CIB chief and 7 others arrested, charged – Bangkok Post, November 23, 2014
…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”…

‘Billions’ at CIB chief’s home – Bangkok Post, November 24, 2014
…Yesterday’s search reportedly turned up cash in both Thai and US banknotes amounting to billions of baht, as well as gold bars, rare Buddha images and numerous amulets along with a large number of land title deeds…

Also: Five Khon Kaen police officers transferred to inactive posts after students raising three-finger protest at PM – ThaiPBS, November 24, 2014
…No reason was given in the immediate transfer order but it was widely speculated that the officers were sacked for their negligence of duties when they failed to stop five Khon Kaen university students from protesting the prime minister when he visited Khon Kaen and presided over the ceremony to release a caravan of water trucks to help people suffering from water shortages last week…

Also: Cop arrested in kidnapping case – The Nation, November 23, 2014
A police senior sergeant major has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping of Chinese-Cambodia businessman Chen Ji in downtown Bangkok on November 11…

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