Thai Prince Said to Trigger Police Purge

A figurative earthquake passed through the notoriously corrupt Thai police this week with the arrests of some of the force’s top officials, including Pongpat Chayaphan, the head of the Central Investigation Bureau, Thailand’s FBI. Seven of Pongpat’s colleagues were arrested with him on charges of soliciting bribes for job appointments, allowing illegal gaming and oil smuggling and were paraded before reporters. An unnamed suspect died in custody after being transferred from his post but before he was charged, according to authorities, who said he had committed suicide by leaping from a building, although he was almost immediately cremated, leading to suspicion that something else might have happened to him.

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