A security cam taping supposedly reveals a Pattaya policeman obtaining a Chinese traveler in Pattaya on Jan 28. (Picture provided)

CHON BURI: An authorities senior sergeant significant has actually been moved to a non-active post pending examination after he was declared to have actually required 60,000 baht from a foreign traveler for ownership of an e-cigarette.

His transfer followed a report and photos on the “Refine Krasae” tv program aired on Channel 3 on Tuesday.

A Chinese tourist guide was stated to have actually sent out a message to other guides in his group stating that a traveler under his care was apprehended for having an e-cigarette by a police officer who required a fine of 60,000 baht. After some bargaining, the amount was decreased to 30,000 baht. Vaping gadgets are forbidden products.

This supposedly occurred in Pattaya on Jan 28 or 29 this year.

After finding out about the report, Pol Maj Gen Kampol Leelaprapakorn, the Chon Buri cops superintendent, sent out an immediate letter informing the chief of Pattaya cops to examine the matter.

The examination discovered that the police officer described in the report was Pol Sen Sgt Maj Noppakrit Pornwatanathanakij, a traffic officer at Pattaya police headquarters.

Pol Maj Gen Kampol on Tuesday moved the officer far from Pattaya, to help at the operations centre at Chon Buri cops head office.

A fact-finding committee has actually been established to check out the supposed getting of an allurement. The committee was charged with putting together all proof, consisting of analyzing recordings from monitoring electronic cameras in the location where the declared extortion took place.

Its report will be utilized for legal procedures if there are premises versus the police officer.

Pol Sen Sgt Maj Noppakrit reported to the Chon Buri cops chief on Wednesday, as purchased. In a phone interview, he rejected obtaining cash from ta Chinese traveler. He stated he was all set to be examined.

The Pattaya event follows the prominent case of Taiwanese starlet Charlene An, 33, being obtained by cops at a checkpoint near the Chinese embassy in Bangkok about 1am on Jan 4. The starlet was stated to have an e-cigarette in her ownership.

She declared through social networks that after being browsed and long discussions with the cops, she discovered she needed to spend for her flexibility. She was released after 27,000 baht was paid to the cops.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday any policeman associated with obtaining cash from the Taiwanese starlet should deal with legal action.

” If there is clear proof indicating them devoting offenses, they should deal with both disciplinary and legal action. Do not let the concern destroy the track record of the entire cops service.

” There are still a great deal of good policeman, however we should eliminate rogue ones,” Gen Prayut stated.

Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas, the nationwide cops chief, likewise apologised to individuals on Tuesday. He assured to take legal versus policeman included if there was proof versus them.

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