23 May 2024

About 80 immigration police officers, including three generals, face disciplinary and criminal charges for allegedly extending visas for Chinese nationals involved in “grey’ businesses in Thailand in exchange for financial gain, according to Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, the deputy national police chief.

He said today (Tuesday) that all the suspects have been questioned and police investigators are expected to meet on Monday to conclude the case and submit the findings to the police inspector-general for further action.

He maintains that there are no exceptions being made for the three police generals allegedly involved, despite the fact that they were his classmates at the police academy, noting that their cases will also be sent to the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

Several Chinese businessmen are suspected to have been involved in the night entertainment business in Bangkok and Pattaya. Several pubs were raided by police, following a raid on the Jin Ling pub in Yan Nawa district of Bangkok on October 26th, allegedly owned by Chaiyanat Kornchayanant, aka “Tuhao”. 104 customers in the pub, mostly Chinese, tested positive for illicit drug use.

Apart from Kornchayanant, several other Chinese businessmen have been arrested by Thai police on drug trafficking charges.