THE ATTORNEY general has ordered an investigation and threatened severe disciplinary action against a public prosecutor in Chon Buri, who allegedly abused his authority by forcing two patrol policemen to apologise to his face for refusing to lead him to a larp (Isaan spicy minced-meat) shop.
The audio clip of two policemen from Saensuk police station apologising to the unnamed public prosecutor was posted on the popular social-issue complaint Facebook page “Black Heart Queen @queentogetherisone” on Sunday, where it subsequently went viral.
In the clip, the unnamed policemen can be heard telling the public prosecutor that they had been told by their commander to see him and apologise, but they did not know what they had done wrong.
The man, who claimed to be a public prosecutor in the clip, said the policemen were in the wrong for failing to treat a public prosecutor with due respect.
The administrator of the Facebook page said the policemen recounted that they had been patrolling the road and the public prosecutor, who was apparently drunk, got their attention by sounding his car’s horn and told them to lead the way to a larp shop.
However, the policemen refused to comply, saying they were on duty patrolling the road.
The public prosecutor then became angry and called the station commander to demand an apology.
The policemen said the public prosecutor had also called a local military leader, demanding that he send three troops to capture them and get them to apologise in person.
Somnuek Siangkong, spokesman of the Office of the Attorney-General, said on yesterday that Attorney-General Pongniwat Yutthaphanborikan had learned of the incident and ordered an investigation because the incident severely damaged the reputation of public prosecutors.
Pongniwat ordered the head of the internal affairs division of the OAG, Thira Hongcharoen, to investigate the incident as a matter of urgency.
If the individual in question really is a public prosecutor, he will face severe disciplinary action, the spokesman added.
Chon Buri’s police chief Pol Maj General Somprasong Yentuam said he had already listened to the clip but could not yet verify if one of the people in the clip was really a public prosecutor.
“I have already ordered the Saensuk Police Station’s superintendent to investigate,” he said.