Thai Military Commander Busted in Cambodia.
“On Friday, Cambodian police detained three Thais—Chit Kit 47, Pla Mot, 48, and Chamrat Vongsa, 52—in Phnom Proek district’s O’Romduol commune, and confiscated $7,160,000 in U.S. currency,” said Song Sopheak, Phnom Proek district police chief.
That’s what I like about the Thai military. Corruption to the max. Counterfeit money over $7 million US dollars and the top commander got arrested. Not the first time. It was a steady business. That’s the way to do it. The sad thing is they hit the rural areas in Cambodia, where be less likely to get detected.
A navy source said two of those caught were navy officers: Chamras Pongsart, 52, and Pramote Raisiri, 48. Acting Sub Lt.
Capt Chamras is the commander of Company 522 of the Marines and Lt JG Pramote is the deputy chief of a unit working with community leaders for the Internal Security Operations Command.
Battambang police had been investigating the trio for more than a month and lured them into the sting with an undercover operative acting as a currency trader. They were arrested in Phnom Proek district shortly after crossing the O’Romduol border checkpoint.
That story about the Navy officers, reminded me of the Thai Navy role last year in spotting boats carrying the Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and putting them in the hands of the smugglers. Thai naval forces were paid about $65 per Rohingya. What a Business. Money business.
A day earlier in Bangkok. On 18 September, police in Pathumthani Province, stopped a panel discussion about democracy in Thammasat university and arrested 4 academics, 3 students. Why!
Will it be a better idea, if that strong powerful Thai army leave the academics, students and political leaders alone. Go deal with the Muslims in the south, who are bombing, beheading, killing civilians, monks with no regard to human life (6000 killed and 10,000 injured since 2004) and now they want to join ISIS. Go deal with them, not the academic with a book and a pen who can’t hurt a fly.