Police officers in rhino-horns incident transferred from airport
Two police officers who escorted an attorney whose bags contained rhino horns worth Bt170 million at Suvarnabhumi airport have been transferred to inactive positions pending an investigation.
On March 10, the uniformed officers were seen escorting the attorney and two women before customs officers asked to check their luggage and discovered the illicit haul. The women fled the airport and are still at large.
Pol General Chalermkiat Sriworakhan, deputy commissioner-general of the Royal Thai Police, said on Friday he had asked the Provincial Police Region 1 and the Samut Prakan provincial station to launch an investigation into the incident.
Meanwhile,Pol Maj-General Thammanoon Trithippong, commander of Samut Prakan provincial station, signed an order transferring Pol Capt Sitthipong Panthaisong and Pol Capt Paisal Veerakitpanich from the airport to his office’s operation centre for three months.
He said that if either or both officers were found guilty, they would face severe disciplinary action and legal proceedings.
On Wednesday, the Public Prosecutor Commission decided to transfer Pol Maj-General Worapas Boonsri, the Saraburi state prosecutor involved in the airport incident, to the Southern Bangkok Civil Court from April 3.