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Court rejects six sex ring warrant bids

Court rejects six sex ring warrant bids

MAE HONG SON: The provincial court in Mae Hong Son yesterday (May 3) denied a request seeking warrants for the arrest of six state officials for their alleged involvement in the province’s sex-trafficking scandal.

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 4 May 2017, 08:54AM


Five suspects (seated left in photo) charged in connection with the Mae Hong Son sex trafficking scandal appear at the Royal Thai Police in Bangkok for further questioning. Photo: Chanat Katanyu

Five suspects (seated left in photo) charged in connection with the Mae Hong Son sex trafficking scandal appear at the Royal Thai Police in Bangkok for further questioning. Photo: Chanat Katanyu

In the request lodged by the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division (ATPD) on April 29, the six comprise five police officers including a lieutenant colonel attached to Provincial Police Region 5 and a lieutenant attached to a special operations unit, and a teacher.

The court rejected the request on the grounds the suspects are active state officials, instructing the investigators to issue summons for them to answer the charges. The suspects were not identified.

Deputy police spokesman Kritsana Pattanacharoen said yesterday that the court approved 12 arrest warrants for 11 other people linked to the ring.

One of the suspects, Yutthachai Thongchart, a local police senior sergeant-major from Nam Phieng Din Police Station, has two arrest warrants against him.

Of the 12 arrest warrants, four were sought by Provincial Police Region 5 and the suspects who were police officers were suspended from duty to ease the investigation. The remaining eight were sought by the ATPD which handles part of the investigation.

The ATPD yesterday took five suspects apprehended on Tuesday (May 2) to the Royal Thai Police for questioning, attended by deputy national police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul.

The suspects, one man and four women, faced several charges including sex trafficking of teenagers aged between 15-18 and luring them into obscene acts.

They allegedly conspired with Snr Sgt Maj Yutthachai in the prostitution ring.

Snr Sgt Maj Yutthachai was among the first three suspects apprehended. The two others were alleged female procurers.

In a related development yesterday, child and women rights activist Ticha Na Nakorn slammed investigators in the sex trafficking scandal who she said planned to force one of the victims to undergo a lie detector test.

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Ms Ticha questioned the police handling of the case and their motive.

“A victim can be asked to undergo a lie detector test. But how could it help the justice administration process? An obligation to prove the truth doesn’t lie with the victim, so putting one through a lie detector is pressuring her and witnesses,” she said.

Ms Ticha asked why Mae Hong Son Governor Suebsak Iamwicharn would not have to undergo a lie detector test. Mr Suebsak was among the officials accused of involvement in the sex scandal and he was transferred to an inactive post at the Office of the Permanent Secretary for Interior, pending a probe.

Meanwhile, a 20-year-old woman has been arrested in Bangkok Yai district on charges of procuring underage girls for prostitution and taking underage girls from their parents, police said.

The arrest of Thippaya Samangsri was made after the mother of a 14-year-old girl lodged a complaint with Buppharam Police Station accusing her of luring girls into prostitution.

According to police, Ms Thippaya befriended the 14-year-old victim on Facebook and lured her into the flesh trade.

After an arrangement was made, she put the victim into a taxi and gave the driver the destination.

Ms Thippaya was given B500 for her part in the trade, police said, adding the investigation was being widened to find the customers.

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Kurt | 08 May 2017 - 12:07:23

The comments here are not illogical.
It are comments of people from developed countries.

Jor12 | 07 May 2017 - 13:18:05

More illogical comments. Arrest warrants were denied, yet summons were to be issued.

Sam hayman | 05 May 2017 - 01:26:25

The provincial court in Mae Hong Son denied a request seeking warrants for the arrest of six state officials"

The court system is corrupt to the core just like the police force.

BenPendejo | 04 May 2017 - 22:45:51

Another episode of the Thai criminal justice system stinking to high heaven.  Get ready for a display of corruption on the world stage, and Thai officials associated with this disgusting case don't give one rats a$$ what anyone thinks.  Sexual predators and child rapists at the high levels of law enforcement...and they will be protected...not arrested...protected.  Disgusting.

Kurt | 04 May 2017 - 10:41:46

The court rejected a arrest warrant for 6 high ranking thai officials because they are active state officials??
One can not make up this nonsense.

And putting a victim at a lie detector test?
Is that not pulling the wrong end of the rope?
In Thailand they are quite specialized in that if they want to keep "hi-soos' out of the wind.

Why no lie detector tests on the 6 active state ...

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