Cop moved to inactive post after extorting tourists

A traffic officer in Pattaya was swiftly moved to an inactive post following a preliminary investigation into an allegation that he forced a group of Chinese tourists to pay a 30,000 baht (RM3,900) bribe to avoid being charged with possession of vaping devices.

The group of tourists managed to haggle the officer down from his original demand of 60,000 baht (RM7,770), it was alleged.

The allegation was made on a call-in TV talk show and posted on a Line group for tour guides in Chonburi province.

The incident allegedly began after the traffic officer spotted Chinese tourists strolling through Pattaya with vaping devices on Saturday night and ended in the early hours of Sunday. Vaping devices are illegal in Thailand. So is extortion.The public relations unit of Chonburi police said on Wednesday that a preliminary probe by Pattaya police found there were sufficient grounds for a full investigation.

Chonburi Police commander Maj-General Kampol Leelapraphaporn transferred the traffic officer who allegedly took the bribe – Senior Sgt-Major Noppakrit Pornwatanathankit – to an inactive post on Tuesday, the police PR unit said.

Kampol also ordered that a committee be set up to fully investigate the allegations that Noppakrit took a bribe, it said. — The Nation/ANN

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