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Thai police identify alleged ‘money man’ behind Rohingya labour trafficking

Armed police sailing towards a trafficking camp in Satun, southern Thailand.Image by:Reuters

Thai police identify alleged ‘money man’ behind Rohingya labour trafficking
May 12
02:09 2015

ANGKOK: — POLICE yesterday obtained an arrest warrant for a man they said was a key finanicer behind the entire Rohingya trafficking racket in the South.

The suspect, the 50th and latest wanted in connection with human labour trafficking in the region, has been identified as fugitive Pajjuban Angchotiphan, or Ko Tong. He is a brother of a high-ranking local politician based in Satun.

National police chief General Somyot Poompangmoung, meanwhile, has floated the idea of opening a temporary centre to shelter Rohingya and other migrants in the South to cope with the large number of them scattered throughout the area.

Somyot said that he would meet with his Malaysian counterpart in Phuket on Wednesday to discuss the Rohingya smuggling crisis. Malaysia is the prime destination of ‘boat people’ after they are smuggled to Thailand.

The Royal Thai Police commissioner said he was ready to keep transferring police of various units if they were suspected of ties with human traffickers or who deemed incompetent – in their previous roles or carrying out the ongoing crackdown on trafficking.

Another 14 police have been transferred away from areas where trafficking has taken place. In all, 67 officers have been transferred.

Somyot said anyone found not guilty after an internal investigation would return to their previous post.

He promised to look into an allegation about a senior immigration policeman based in Songkhla’s Sadao district accused of using a service vehicle to transport Rohingya.

Another 10 police are set to be transferred to inactive positions while being investigated. Somyot did not give further details.

Malaysia-based daily The Star reported yesterday that Thai and Malaysian police were expected to meet in Hat Yai on Friday to discuss the human trafficking issues plaguing both nations.

Note:Changes have been made,THAI VISA News is not responsible for these.

Sourde:THAI VISA News.

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