A POLICE investigation is under way after a popular Facebook page revealed that two police aircraft were used to carry contraband liquor and beer from Hat Yai airport to Bangkok several times during 2018-2020 and while complaints against two senior officers alleged to be involved were filed to National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), no progress had been made, TV Channel 7 said today (Sept. 11)
The Facebook page, Patibatkarn Mah Fao Baan (acting as house watchdog), mentioned that the two accused police officers continued to be promoted to higher ranks.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Yingyot Thepchamnong, a spokesman for the Royal Thai Police, said Pol. Maj. Gen. Sutthipong Petchrak, head of the Police Aviation Division, stated that this issue is being processed by the NACC and if any results are forthcoming it will be disseminated.
At the same time National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Suwat Chaengyodsuk has appointed Pol. Gen. Wisnu Prasathongosod, national police inspector, to urgently inspect the facts in this case.
The Facebook page alleges that the two police officers have the authority to allow these flights and themselves flew the planes on these runs to bring in smuggled alcohol.
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According to this Facebook page, two police aircraft, Casa CN235-220M and FALCON 2000, alternately flew to Hat Yai airport and carried contraband liquor and beer from Sadao district of Songkhla province, that had been smuggled in from Malaysia, back to Bangkok.
This Facebook page also alleges that there is evidence that on March 13, 2018, a Casa police plane, model CN325-220M, aircraft number 28064, flew from Bangkok Police Aviation Division to Hat Yai airport. After the plane landed there the officer travelled by a van to bring the smuggled liquor and beer to the airport.
He also ordered staff there to put 20 crates covered by black bags into the aircraft. Once the plane arrived at Bangkok a white sports utility vehicle took the crates away.
Another such flight again took place on May 6 that year.
While a complaint was filed with NACC and this agency deemed that there is sufficient evidence to investigate, three years have passed but no progress has been made in this case while the accused officers continue to be promoted, the Facebook page added.
Top: National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Suwat has ordered an investigation into this case. Thai headline says, “Ordering investigation of big police officers. Using planes to transport contraband liquor.” Photo: TV Channel 7
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