Police to expand crackdown of influential people to notorious places across the country

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The Royal Thai Police is prepared to expand the crackdown on influential people in other notorious areas across the country following successful raids in Nakhon Pathom.

This was revealed by the police commissioner Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda today.

He made clear that the campaign did not mean to focus merely on politicians but all those whom are classified as influential.

They are those whose crimes involved drug trafficking and arms smuggling he said.

It will all depend on the active investigation underway and what intelligence can be generated, he said and added that it will also include taking action on police officers who are suspected of involvement.

Yesterday the Interior Ministry received a list of influential people. Most are local administration officials.

Royal Thai Army commander-in chief Gen Thirachai Narkwanich yesterday stated adamantly that he would take immediate severe action on any Army personnel either setting themselves up as mafia bosses or getting involved in criminal syndicates.

He however denied rumors that several official documents implicated a number of former high ranking politicians and senior ranking officers for involvement with crime organizations.

He elaborated on the government’s policy to clamp-down on influential criminal figures or mafia bosses, stating that the action was a joint effort combining the inputs of the police, Army and civilian officials.

They have been tasked with cracking down on all forms of criminal syndicates in the entire country.

There was no timeline in the campaign but the effort should produce concrete results within a 6 month period, he said.

He also stressed that no differentiation will be given to whatever factions these individuals were connected to and anyone found complicit with these activities will be brought to justice irrespectively.

He also confirmed that the effort was not politically driven and denied rumors of the existence of a number of secret official documents pointing to involvement of former politicians and their colleagues as well as a number of Army generals with these crime syndicates.

“Anyone involved irrespective of rank or standing will be brought to justice,” he said.

He said if crimes committed by these influential people are connected to politicians, “I consider them criminals and will be treated as such. We want to ensure that innocent civilians and decent people can live and work normally without having to endure interference from these bad people.”