Corruption Inquiry Launched in Phuket Over Illegal Immigrant Scandal

Out of 2,415 illegal immigrants arrested only 685 had been handed over to immigration for deportation. – Nation Photo

PHUKET – Police on the resort island of Phuket are under fire after arresting 2,415 illegal immigrants during a one-year period, but failed to hand over the majority of them to immigration police for deportation.

The finding has led to deputy national police commissioner Pol General Srivara Rangsibharamanakul issuing an urgent order for police to apprehend illegal immigrants who are still at large.

Gen.Srivara also ordered police to update him every week over the issue and outstanding arrests.

He said he had learned about alleged corruption by Phuket police during a meeting with Pol Maj-General Nuntadej Yoinuan, a deputy provincial commissioner, who reported that 2,415 illegal immigrants had been arrested in raids from October last year to last month.

However, only 685 of these had been handed over to immigration for deportation.


Original published: 2017-11-14 06:30:53 Read the full Bangkok News here

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