Pol Gen Chaktip assures straightforward handing of bribe-taking case in Phuket

The national police chief assured today that the police would treat the bribe- taking case in Phuket in which several police officers who were alleged to have received 100 million baht in bribes each month in a straightforward manner without any favoritism.

The national police chief, Pol Gen Chaktip Chaijinda, said he had assigned Pol Gen Suchart Thirasawat, the acting police inspector-general, to oversee the case and, so far, about ten police officers in Phuket had been dismissed from service pending the investigation.

The police probe followed the exposure of rampant bribe-taking by Phuket police made by the whistle-blower, Mr Thammarat Suwanposri, alias Jo Sportlight.

Pol Gen Chaktip also said that police welcome evidence from whoever who may have information about the police malpractice.

But Thammarat was not convinced, noting that the alleged bribe-taking involved higher-ranking police officers and not just the 10 or so middle-ranking police officers.