15 police officers in the South face bribery probe 

The Royal Thai Police has ordered the investigation into alleged bribe-taking by 15 police officers in Phuket, Krabi, and Chumphon provinces after a Facebook user accusing a group of police officers of taking bribes from business operators and foreigners who illegally stay in Thailand.

Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul has set up a fact-finding panel to  look into the alleged malpractice of the officers, who are attached to the Immigration Bureau, the Provincial Police Region 8 and the Tourist Police Bureau.

The panel, headed by Pol Maj-Gen Teerapol Kuptanon, deputy commander of the Provincial Police Region 8, has to conclude their work within 30 days.

The probe came after the admin of Facebook page “Spotlight Phuket” accused several police officers in the southern provinces of taking bribes. He also showed a list of police officers and video footages of police officers allegedly pick up money from business operators.

Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul

Pol Gen Srivara said all the three bureaus were ordered to form a joint investigation team to probe into the 15 officers attached to their offices in Phuket, Krabi and Chumphon.

Initial investigation found that a total of 142 foreigners who overstay in Thailand were arrested since October 1 last year until October 31 this year, but no legal actions were taken against them and they were not sent to the Immigration Bureau as required by law.

Pol Gen Srivara also ordered police officers to track down these 142 foreigners and deport them to their home countries.

Phuket Provincial Police commander Teerapol Thipjaroen said two police officers accused of taking bribes had already been transferred out of the area.