Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has confirmed that at least one police officer has been removed from duty in Phuket following allegations of corruption.

In a statement given at Government House, the Prime Minister informed the press that “not all facts are known yet. The officer must be moved out of area before we commence investigations.”

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Capt Thanturong Wutthiwong who was based at Patong police station was moved from his position but Police Chief Col Chaiwat Uikam remains on duty whilst waiting on an investigation.

Damning claims about the officers were presented in a petition addressed to the PM calling for the immediate removal of Patong Police Chief Col Chaiwat Uikam and Capt Thanturong Wutthiwong.

They are accused of abusing their positions, acting like the mafia and using the law to threaten citizens in the area.

The complaint also stated that they had reported the matter to the Damrongdharma Centre (Ombudsman’s Office), the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) and the 41st Military Circle but as yet, had no feedback from either.

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