The National Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating.
When: December 18th, 2020
Where: Samut Prakan city
Perpetrators: Unnamed police officers
Victims: Ms. Nan, 34
What: Two police officers in Samut Prakan are accused of demanding sex and money in exchange for freedom of a woman who was caught with two yaba pills in Samut Prakan. The incident happened at a police checkpoint. The victim, Ms. Nan, 34, said that the officers asked for sex so she could avoid arrest for the narcotics found on her. She refused the offer. The officers then asked for 50,000 baht and for Ms. Nan to find a friend they could sleep with instead.
Various police officials have initiated an investigation into the matter. Three victims and witnesses were interrogated about the events. According to reports, the initial witness interviews revealed discrepancies between the victim’s claims and their own, but that it was close enough to warrant further investigation.
Both officers have been temporarily relieved of their original post and have been reassigned to help government officials in Samut Prakan. A committee is being set up to investigate the facts about this case and others. The National Anti-Corruption Commission will consider further action against the officers.
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My take: Cases like these are tricky. It’s essentially the victim’s word against the officers. And the victim also has the stigma of being caught with yaba, which will hurt her case – especially if trying to appeal to the public, which is how much is accomplished in Thailand.
At least Thailand does have a process of handling these sorts of allegations – whether we believe it is a completely transparent and fair process is another matter, but it’s a process nonetheless. We will update our readers on further developments of this case when they’re reported.
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