6 June 2024

More than 100 immigration police officers, including three generals, have been found to have issued visas illegally to foreign visitors, Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, the deputy national police chief, said today (Monday).

All 110 of them have been charged with malfeasance in office and taking bribes, he said, adding that he expects the case to be sent to the public prosecutors this week.

The probe into visa scandal, in which immigration police officers and several local administration officials are implicated, is an extension of an investigation into the conduct of a handful of immigration police officers, who were allegedly involved in issuing visas for Chinese businessman Chaiyanat Kornchayanant and other Chinese businessmen allegedly involved in “grey” businesses in Thailand.

Chaiyanat and dozens of his associates are currently being held on remand on multiple charges, including narcotics trafficking, money laundering and involvement in organised transnational crime.