Navy to probe arrest of its officers

Navy chief Admiral Narong Pipattanasai has ordered an investigation into the arrest of three naval special warfare officers by police on Thursday morning, navy secretary Rear Admiral Kan Dee-ubon said.

  Rear Adm Kan said Rear Adm Winai Klomin, commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC), had also been ordered to investigate and report back to the navy chief on whether the three officers had acted outside their line of duty.  

If found guilty, they would be subject to both legal and disciplinary action, Rear Adm Kan said.

He said, however, that an initial investigation showed the three officers were carrying out an assignment for the Office of the Narcotics Control Board. They each carried a card showing they had undergone ONCB training and they were mingling with the protesters in Bangkok to follow drug suspects from Sattahip district of Chon Buri province.

Rear Adm Kan said he had tried to contact Rear Adm Winai for confirmation, but could not reach him.

It was earlier reported that Rear Adm Winai went to Nang Loeng police station to show police a document confirming that the three men were on assignment, investigating a drug case. The weapons were for self defence and the VIP passes of the Student and People's Network for Thailand's Reform (SPNRT) found on them were to facilitate their travel.

Adm Picharn Thiranet, commander of the Royal Fleet said this matter must be further investigated because the navy had never ordered any of its personnel to join a protest by any side.

The navy has never ordered its personnel to go to a protest site.  It is not their duty," he said, adding that Rear Adm Winai would be able to explain this matter.

The men were detained at a road checkpoint in Bangkok after police found three pistols, ammunition, a bullet proof vest and other items in their vehicle, which also had false number plates. Official navy SEALs plates were found inside the vehicle, reports said.

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Discussion 1 : 16/01/2014 at 10:18 PM
The Navy has never handled Drug suppression on land - The army and police do that and the army only does it in border provinces.
Discussion 2 : 16/01/2014 at 09:26 PM
well, at least that means that some crimes actually will be solved in our kingdom.
Discussion 3 : 16/01/2014 at 06:56 PM
You have to admit people with an ounce of intellect view the police with suspicion.
Discussion 4 : 16/01/2014 at 06:51 PM
Undercover Navy Seals investigating drug crime at a PDRC/SPNRT with silencers? Pull the other one will you, Popeye.
Discussion 5 : 16/01/2014 at 06:24 PM
"the VIP passes of the Student and People's Network for Thailand's Reform (SPNRT) found on them were to facilitate their travel" Will the navy stick by this ridiculous explanation? It seems they have some problems at choosing a version. Sooner, they acknowledged that the men where PDRC guards, which seems much more realistic.
Discussion 6 : 16/01/2014 at 05:56 PM
Pistols with silencers are not used for personal protection. Were those navy issued weapons?
Discussion 7 : 16/01/2014 at 03:06 PM
fabulous, the path to enlightenment is filled with knew knowledge. Today i got to learn that the military works as undercover agents to pursue criminals and criminal activities..In my naive silliness i thought that was the job the police was there to do. That just added another 360 000 armed police men to the police force!
Discussion 8 : 16/01/2014 at 03:00 PM
Sounds like the DSI have botched a ONCB investigation. Way to go guys.

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