Hundreds of police reassigned

national December 16, 2014 15:20

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Over 260 Thai police officers serving in the same unit as a disgraced former commander would be reassigned, police said Tuesday.

The 262 officers being transferred were part of the "network" of disgraced former Central Investigation Bureau chief Pongpat Chayapan, police chief Somyot Poompanmoung told reporters.

The reshuffle is the largest of its kind and is to include officers ranging from patrolmen to deputy commanders, he said. General Pongpat was arrested along with several senior officers in late November for charges of corruption, extortion and lese-majeste. Over Bt1 billion, in cash and other valuables were found in his home during a police search.

Local media reported that the lese-majeste charges were brought because Pongpat would claim he was acting on royal behalf to intimidate business connections. Pongpat is related to the wife of the crown prince, Sirasmi, who since the scandal came to light has renounced her royal titles and public role.

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