11 immigration police, officials arrested on bribery charges

Eleven government officials, including six immigration police, have been arrested and charged for allegedly taking bribes.

11 immigration police, officials arrested on bribery charges
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11 immigration police, officials arrested on bribery charges

published : 19 Sep 2022 at 08:17

writer: Gary Boyle

ORIGINAL SOURCE/WRITER: Assawin Pakkawan

Pol Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn, assistant national police chief, third from left, inspects fishing vessels in the southern border province of Songkhla before attending a media conference to announce the arrest of 11 officials involved in graft and malfeasance. (Photo: Assawin Pakkawan)

Eleven government officials, including six immigration police, have been arrested and charged for allegedly taking bribes.

In December last year, police and fisheries officials seized five trawlers and arrested 22 crew members for fishing in Thai waters without permission

After court proceedings, the trawlers were kept at the Songkhla customs office and were later put up for auction.  

The fishing boats had been barred from leaving Thailand following the auction. However, the vessels were soon spotted entering Malaysian waters, and Thai police worked with Malaysian police to intercept them.

Police began the investigation that led to the arrest of 13 people involved in bringing the vessels out of the country.

Arrest warrants had been issued for 11 government officials – six immigration police and five officials working at marine border and disease control checkpoints – for taking bribes, malfeasance and dereliction of their duty. All surrendered.

Vocabulary

  • auction: a usually public sale of goods or property, where people make higher and higher bids (= offers of money) for each thing, until the thing is sold to the person who will pay most - การขายโดยการประมูล, การขายทอดตลาด
  • barred (verb): officially prevented from doing something - ถูกห้าม
  • bribe: money or a present given to someone so that they will help you doing something dishonest or illegal - สินบน
  • bribery: the crime of giving money or presents to someone so that they will help you by doing something dishonest or illegal - การให้สินบน
  • customs: the place at a port, airport or border where travellers' bags are looked at to find out if any goods are being carried illegally - ด่านศุลกากร
  • dereliction of duty: a serious failure to do the things that you are responsible for in your job - การละทิ้งหน้าที่
  • immigration: dealing with people entering and leaving the country - การตรวจคนเข้าเมือง
  • intercept: to stop and catch something or someone before they are able to reach a particular place - สกัด
  • malfeasance: illegal actions, especially by a person in authority - การใช้อำนาจไปในทางที่ผิด
  • official (noun): a government worker; a person who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่, เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ - เจ้าหน้าที่, เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • permission: allowing someone to do something - การอนุญาต,การอนุมัติ,การยินยอม
  • seize (verb): to take something using force - ยึด, จับกุม
  • surrender: to give yourself up - ยอมจำนน
  • trawler (noun): a boat used for fishing by pulling a large net through the water - เรืออวนลาก
  • vessel: a boat or ship - เรือ
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