Thai cops probed for partying with armed rocker


Bangkok: Two Thai cops are under investigation for partying with a rock star shortly after he was bailed on gun charges, a scandal illuminating the kingdom’s culture of impunity for the rich and famous.

The two police colonels from Nakhon Si Thammarat province were busted after social media images emerged of them at a raucous dinner on Jan 3 with the popular musician known as Sek Loso.

The rocker, whose bad boy antics are a fixture of Thai gossip columns, had just been freed on bail after a video clip of him firing a pistol into the air outside a Buddhist temple went viral.

The incident took place on Dec 28 in Nakhon Si Thammarat under the command of the two policemen.

Sek racked up more charges after he whipped out a gun again in a stand-off with cops at his home on Dec 31, after which he was arrested.

But the bad blood did not last for long, with Sek calling the duo “brothers” in the caption of an Instagram photo showing the group dining out on the night of his release.

A third senior cop also raised eyebrows for taking a “thumbs up” photo with Sek, which the singer then posted on Instagram with the caption: “Thank you superintendent ... whom I owe thanks to for making everything easier.” — AFP

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