THAI POLICE OFFICER GETS AWAY WITH MURDER – Police intimidation, corruption and yes even murder is not unheard of in the ‘Land of Smiles’.
As corruption has spread like a cancer the country is in a critical condition. Tourism is failing; the U.N. is paying close scrutiny to its vast amount of human rights abuses; including child trafficking for prostitution and slavery.
Little is ever really known about Thailand, other than it has become the Whore House of Asia where a foreigner with the right amount of money can fulfill any desire; regardless to how vile or illegal it may be.
You just need to pay the right people, generally the Royal Thai Police, the right amount of money and everything and anything can be taken care of; including murder.
Rachaporn Semaksorn, a corporal in the Royal Thai Police, along with his brother Dechaporn, were arrested after eyewitnesses reported that Cpl Semaksorn engaged in an argument with 21 year old Ekkasit Sangangam and then drew his gun and shot him at point blank range.
Cpl Semaksorn was taken into custody and immediately discharged from the Royal Thai Police Force and his brother subsequently charged with aiding and abetting and conspiracy to murder.
The murder occurred in May 2012 and yesterday the Phuket Provincial Chief Prosecutor, Chiengsean Panhya, announced that all charges against the pair have been dropped and a letter provided to the Phuket Governor of this fact and recommending the reinstatement of Cpl Semaksorn into the Royal Thai Police Force.
Journalists have asked the Chief Prosecutors office reasons for the case being dropped but so far the Chief Prosecutor is refusing to give details to the public.
It is likely that the prosecution’s case is weak due to the lack of witnesses that are willing to come forward. The police reported that the investigation was difficult due to the fact that witnesses had either changed their stories or simply disappeared.
Phuket, a tourist destination in Thailand, has become notorious over a number of years for tourist scams but over the last few years violence and violent crime has been on the rise.
It is nothing unusual to read reports where the Thai Police are heavily involved in racketeering, prostitution, human trafficking and drugs smuggling and increasingly murders are all too common without the Police officers involved ever facing justice.
The U.S recently announced that it would no longer pardon Thailand in its human race abuses and that if substantial measures and improvements are not made this year it will list Thailand as the No.1 country for human rights abuses; which will result in sanctions being imposed that could seriously damage the country’s economic growth.
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