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Police probing Immigration Bureau’s link to grey capitalists


NATIONAL Police Chief Pol. Gen. Damrongsak Kittiprapas said today (Dec. 8) he is investigating the latest allegations by former MP Chuvit Kamonvisit that Immigration Bureau officers had helped Chinese grey capitalists stay in Thailand, TV Channel 7 said.

Chuvit had revealed information on his “Operation Break Underwater Icebergs” to the press indicating that the Immigration Bureau police had established a foundation for Chinese people seeking to illegally live in Thailand to register and thus do so.

Pol. Gen. Damrongsak said after receiving this information he had assigned Pol. Lt. Gen. Chira Chiravira, deputy inspector-general, to investigate the allegations and file a report as quickly as possible.

If any officers are found guilty legal procedure must be followed and they must not be helped or let off the hook.

All units of the national police have to be transparent and verifiable and not just the Immigration Bureau, he added.

Chuvit said yesterday that Chinese grey capitalists have converted their tourist visa to a business (non B) or a volunteer foundation visa (non O) by applying through a law firm to enrol as volunteer staff at Prans Hanyu Foundation in Khon Kaen whose purpose is to support children and their Chinese-language education, according to Daily News newspaper.

The fee for getting this visa is 100,000-300,000 baht.

He added that this foundation was set up in 2018 and as of 2020 had 2,747 members in Khon Kaen and 907 in Kalasin.

The person authorising the visas must be at the commander level of the Immigration Bureau, he said, adding that between 2020 and 2021, more than 3,325 visa applicantions were approved to change visa type.


Top: Former MP Chuvit Kamonvisit.  Photo: Matichon

Front Page: National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Damrongsak Kittiprapas. Photo: Thai Rath

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