An anti-corruption committee is hard on the case.
When: December 9th, 2020
Where: Koh Samui, Surat Thani province
Perpetrators: Officer from Southern Region Special Operations Center DSI
Victims: Ms. Umporn; Mr. Christoph
What: The Anti-Corruption and Misconduct Commission (NACC) received a complaint from two victims in Koh Samui who claimed that an officer from the Southern Region Special Operations Center Department of Special Investigation asked for a bribe of 28 million baht cash plus 100 million baht in assets. The officer claimed that if they received the kickback, they’d prevent another party from suing. And that there was a pending parole order concerning farang being allowed to operate the business, with the implication that they could be shut own.
The vice president of the NACC, Mr. Jaruek Sri-On, talked about the case with the victims Ms. Umporn and Mr. Christoph. The victims described that the officers showed up after the pair invested in real estate businesses on the island. The victims advised all fees and taxes had already been paid.
Mr. Jaruek said the commission will investigate the claims with the DSI. First, they need to confirm that the person who claimed they were an officer is really a representative of the DSI. No matter what, the person will face criminal prosecution for attempted extortion.
The report ended by saying the NACC wants to ensure fairness with foreign investors in Thailand.
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My take: There are two parts to this story. First, was the person who attempted extortion really an officer of the DSI? Second, what will happen if that person was an officer of the DSI?
It’s a positive sign that the NACC is saying that farang needed to be treated fairly, too. But there’s no guarantee in the Land of Smiles. We will keep you updated about this case.
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