Supervisors of the former chief investigator probing a high-profile human smuggling case reacted angrily Friday to his accusation that he got no protection from them despite death threats faced by him.
Pol Maj-General Paween Pongsirin, who quit the police force last month and is now seeking political asylum in Australia, told Australian media that he feared for his life because influential figures in the military and police implicated in the illicit trade wanted him dead.
“There are some bad police and bad military who do this kind of thing,” Paween told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “Unfortunately, those bad police and military are the ones that have power.”
National police chief General Chakthip Chaijinda said that he suspected Paween’s comments might be politically motivated and that they were intended to damage Thailand’s reputation. He suggested that legal action could be taken against him.
“I have ordered the legal team to look into Paween’s claim about the influential figures to determine their identities. We are also considering taking legal action against him for defamation,” Chakthip said.