No probe of Camronwit despite Ombudsman's

national July 16, 2013 00:00

By The Nation

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The Royal Thai Police have not investigated the Metropolitan Commissioner's actions despite a report from the Ombudsman suggesting disciplinary action against him for violating the code of conduct - for having fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra pin hi

Police spokesman Maj-General Piya Uthayo said the agency was waiting for a notice in writing from the Ombudman’s Office about the matter.
He questioned the credibility of the reports, saying they quoted an unnamed source. However, the spokesman said the police would consider what to do next if the Ombudsman informed them in writing of possible action against the Bangkok chief, Pol Lt-General Camronwit Toopgrajank.
Camronwit, meanwhile, said yesterday that he was unaware of possible action against him, adding he did not fear that the matter would adversely affect his position as city commissioner. 
But he would respect any decision by his supervisor if he is found to have committed wrongdoing.
Reports earlier said the Office of the Ombudsman had referred the matter to national police chief Pol General Adul Saengsingkaew, who was given 30 days to take action over the matter and inform the agency.
Camronwit said yesterday that he had Thaksin pin the insignia for him because he had respect for the former prime minister. He also said he had also consulted his mother about this. 
“I talked to my mother and she taught me about ethical conduct. So, there’s nothing wrong with having Pol Lt-Colonel Thaksin pin the rank for me. I asked my mother – not someone else’s mother,” he said.
Deputy Prime Minister Pol General Pracha Promnog said yesterday that the Ombudsman had informed the Royal Thai Police about Camronwit’s case.
He called on police to be careful in looking into the issue, noting that Thai law can only be applied in Thailand. 
Critics have attacked the Bangkok police chief for failing to arrest Thaksin when the pair met overseas.
The police spokesman Piya said yesterday that he personally did not think there was anything wrong with a respected senior person pinning the insignia for Camronwit. He said people who have campaigned against the Metropolitan Police chief are those who stand opposite to him.
A photo of Thaksin pinning the insignia on Camronwit was hung in police chief’s office after he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general in June last year. The picture, reportedly taken in Hong Kong, was labelled: “What I have today is because of you”.
Thaksin, who was ousted in a coup in 2006, left Thailand just before the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders sentenced him to two years in jail for abuse of power in October 2008. He has fled jail at home by living in self-imposed exile overseas.


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