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Police: Suspect in kidnap case likely tipped off CNN about used medical gloves 

CENTRAL Investigation Bureau (CIB) police today (Oct. 27) revealed that an American man who is believed to have given information to CNN on used medical gloves being exported to the US is a suspect in the kidnapping of a Taiwanese man to collect debts, Amarin TV said.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Jirapob Phuridet, CIB chief, told a meeting at the Consumer Protection Police Division office within the Government Centre in Chaengwattana this morning that the Taiwanese man who had been kidnapped by the American man to collect debts is the owner of a rubber gloves manufacturing company that sold counterfeit and second-hand nitrile gloves to US.

National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Suwat Jangyodsuk had ordered CIB to gather evidence about a group of individuals involved in fraud during the current Covid-19 pandemic as the CNN article could damage international trade.

Pol Lt. Gen. Jirapob said there are two cases arising from this issue with the first being the debt collection kidnapping with Thonglor police having been able to arrest some foreign suspects.However the American involved in the kidnapping has fled the country and could be CNN’s source of information.

The other case concerns a group of American importers who were defrauded after placing orders for medical gloves and instead got reused and recycled products. 

Thai police had told them to file a complaint and they did so but this was not a complaint to prosecute. If the Americans want to take legal action they should again file the latter category of complaint.


Top A raid on a warehouse used by Paddy the Room Trading Company in Bangkok, in December 2020. Deputy Secretary-General of the Thai FDA Supattra Boonserm and members of the Royal Thai Police seized counterfeit nitrile gloves. The Thai FDA says SkyMed, the brand whose logo is on the boxes of gloves, is “for sure fake.” Photo: CNN

Home Page: Pol. Lt. Gen. Jirapob revealing details about the CNN report on used medical gloves being exported to the US. The Thai headline says, “the person who exposed (the fraud) is a suspect.” Photo: Amarin TV

Also read: Deputy PM says export of millions of used medical gloves to US being probed

CNN Investigation: Tens of millions of filthy, used medical gloves imported into the US


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