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DSI tells Somyot to pipe down

BANGKOK: An ex-police chief’s claim that he “borrowed” B300 million from the owner of a massage parlour, which is now being probed for human trafficking and other criminal ties, is unlikely to get him off the hook, officials said yesterday (Feb 6).

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Wednesday 7 February 2018, 09:30AM


Gen Somyot Poompunmuang ‘borrowed’ some B300mn from a fugitive charged with human trafficking and forcing under-aged girls into prostitution. Photo: Bangkok Post / file
Gen Somyot Poompunmuang ‘borrowed’ some B300mn from a fugitive charged with human trafficking and forcing under-aged girls into prostitution. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

Somyot Poompunmuang’s public account of his ties to Kampol Wirathepsuporn, the fugitive owner of Victoria’s Secret Massage, is not an official statement, according to Songsak Raksaksakul, deputy chief of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI).

Col Songsak was referring to a media interview Gen Somyot gave on Monday (Feb 5) during which he attempted to explain how all of his financial transactions with Kampol were transparent and above board.

The disclosure followed a report that a retired police chief and five others were to be summoned for questioning by the DSI following last month’s raid on the brothel. Several illegal migrants were found on its premises.

Kampol and his wife Nipa, who are now on the run, face trafficking charges as the findings of the probe suggest the parlour may be linked to this activity.

Col Songsak said that while Gen Somyot, who now serves as president of the Football Association of Thailand, could try to build some kind of defence using the media, it would not help him in court.

The former top cop decided to go public with his “explanation” after investigators following the money trail from the parlour found hundreds of millions of baht had changed hands between the two men.

Col Songsak said other figures were also found to have engaged in suspicious financial transactions with Kampol. He declined to say if or when they would be summoned.

DSI chief Paisit Wongmuang said Gen Somyot would not be called in for questioning until more details come to light.

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The Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) are also looking into the matter, he added.

A source at the DSI said the investigation into Victoria’s Secret Massage showed that large amounts of cash were invested in legal businesses, at least some of which are listed on Thai bourses.

The source said the B300mn is part of this, adding that in other instances officers found shares had been transferred worth around B700mn.

Also yesterday, deputy police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said it is the Amlo’s job to investigate the case and decide what action should be taken against Gen Somyot.

He said the DSI is focusing on the human trafficking aspect of the case.

However the Amlo has yet to coordinate with the police on the issue, he added.

The parlour was also being probed for its use of underground water.

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BenPendejo | 07 February 2018 - 14:41:23

This investigation is likely just more baloney...the higher-ups investigating themselves, as it is the power base that is usually involved in the high-dollar illegal business. Good thing they have that illegal groundwater charge, so they will likely find no wrong doing by the criminal police chief and his cronies, Kampol/Nipa will forever be on the run, and some poor scapegoat get the water bill. 

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Kurt | 07 February 2018 - 10:32:57

Mhh, seems now we get somewhere with all these Generals.
Reminds me about that general who got 50,000 thb per month from a brewery for 'advice'
We all know what 'borrow' means for thai, given and not pay back
Thailand has 1750+ Generals, enough Generals for each thai army platoon to lead
Why not send a few hundreds to the deep south to do anti terrorist jobs? Make them function...

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