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Calls to track ‘brothel king’ cash

Calls to track ‘brothel king’ cash

BANGKOK: Police reform advocates have urged the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) to trace the money trail of a fugitive massage parlour tycoon accused of human trafficking.

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 19 February 2018, 08:49AM


Ex-police chief Gen Somyot Poompunmuang (inset bottom right), currently the head of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT), is linked, through massive ‘borrowing’ of hundreds of millions of baht, to Victoria’s Secret massage boss Kampol Wirathepsuporn, currently a fugitive. Photos: Bangkok Post / files

Ex-police chief Gen Somyot Poompunmuang (inset bottom right), currently the head of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT), is linked, through massive ‘borrowing’ of hundreds of millions of baht, to Victoria’s Secret massage boss Kampol Wirathepsuporn, currently a fugitive. Photos: Bangkok Post / files

They want to see transactions by Kampol Wirathepsuporn, who owned the massage parlour Victoria’s Secret Massage, on the stock market as it may expose more big names linked to his network.

Speaking at a seminar held yesterday (Feb 18) by Police Watch, a police monitoring campaign group, Sunand Srichantha, economic and stock market analyst, said he has found suspicious trading on the stock market between Kampol, former national police chief Somyot Poompanmoung and another businessman who is now a media mogul.

“In 2015, Gen Somyot sold a large amount of shares he held in one company to Kampol,” Mr Sunand said. “After just three months, the company was suspended from trading. Another suspicious thing I found is a company related to a media mogul that bought land in a southern province from Kampol at above-market prices and Gen Somyot has invested his money in many listed companies linked to this businessman.”

Recently, the DSI revealed its investigation found the money trail of Kampol led to the former police chief. Gen Somyot admitted that while he was police chief he borrowed B300 million from Kampol.

Gen Somyot said Kampol was an old friend who helped him out at a difficult time. He said he had repaid the loan and had declared it to the authorities at the time. The former police chief also said in a media interview that being Thailand’s police chief had only been a sideline and that his real job was speculating on the stock market.

“I cannot say that Kampol’s network used the stock market to launder sin money because there is no clear evidence yet, but what I’ve found justifies the DSI and Amlo following up the matter, and they may find more big names,” Mr Sunand said.

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Former Democrat MP Watchara Phetthong called on the public to put pressure on Gen Somyot as he has failed to live up to the ethical standards of a police chief when he said the “police profession had only been sideline”.

“Gen Somyot is now member of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) as well as head of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT). I do not know whether these two positions are also his sideline,” Mr Watchara said.

Last week, Mr Watchara submitted a petition to NLA president Pornpetch Wichitcholchai demanding a probe into the conduct of Gen Somyot. He said the ethical codes are now in place and they should apply to Gen Somyot even though his questionable actions took place before he was appointed as an NLA member.

Former deputy police inspector general Col Wirut Sirisawasbutr said the Somyot case showed the Thai police code of ethics was “just a paper tiger” as no police officers have ever been punished since it was introduced in 2008.

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Kurt | 19 February 2018 - 09:46:50

Well, that explains everything about 300 million thb
The country's former police chiefs job was a side job. 
His real working life was money speculating.
For that one needs money. Great, Victoria Secret had that just on the shell.
Police code ethics a 'paper tiger' since 2008?
Than NCPO/Junta has less 1 year left to make it working if it wants to leave Thailand in a better state.

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