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Police station head transferred as corruption probe is launched

THE SUPERINTENDENT of Nong Prue police station in Kanchanaburi province was transferred to the provincial police operations centre to facilitate an investigation into allegations of corruption in the compensation to the father of a teenager who died after his motorcycle collided with his vehicle, Naewna newspaper said this evening (Apr. 23).

Pol. Maj. Gen. Pairote Khumphai, commander of the Kanchanaburi Provincial Police, signed an order today transferring Pol. Col. Thawatchai Norasing after allegations by Mr. Somkid (surname withheld) spread on social media accusing the police officer of defrauding him.

Somkid said that his son, Mr. Prinya, 19, died after his motorcycle hit the superintendent’s vehicle. According to his rights he should be getting 1.5 million baht compensation for his death but only got 100,000 baht

Somkid alleged that he had been deceived by Pol. Col. Thawatchai into opening an account at Krungthai Bank and giving him power of attorney to manage it, while also being warned to keep quiet about it.

He also accused Pol. Col Thawatchai of concealing details about the accident and not informing him about his rights to compensation.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Pairote said because of this complaint the superintendent of Nong Prue police station was transferred to work at the provincial police operations centre while a committee investigates the facts of these allegations.


A police ghost sign. Photo: Clyde Darra (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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