Sacked police jailed for extortion

The Criminal Court on Thursday sentenced former Pol Capt Nat Chonnitiwanich, formerly of the border patrol police, to seven years in prison and four other former policemen in his gang to five years each for extortion and assault.

The four other former policemen are Niran Taemchuay, Rangsiman Sukkaew, Panang or Chakrin Duangkamol and Apisak Polsawat, all holding the rank of police sergeant major.

 The colurt was told the five arrested a husband and wife on a drug charge and took them to the 42nd BPP headquarters in Nakhon Si Thammarat province where they were beaten and tortured. The five demanded 250,000 baht from them in return for the drug charge being dropped.

The court found the five guilty as charged and sentenced gang leader Nat to seven years and the other four to five years each in prison, with no suspension of sentence.

 Nat had earlier been found guilty and sentenced to imprisonment for other extortion cases, arresting  people on the pretext of laying drug charges.

All were dismissed from the police force.

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 27/02/2014 at 03:10 PM
Would be nice to have photos published of the 5 criminals. Maybe other people can recognize them and file charges.
Discussion 2 : 27/02/2014 at 01:41 PM
Are we getting on the right path ? Hopefully we do.
Discussion 3 : 27/02/2014 at 01:34 PM
Good job getting these criminals (dressed as law enforcement officers) off the streets and behind bars where they belong. Although cleaning out corruption and criminal behaviour within the Thai Police Force will take some doing ! We live in hope ...
Discussion 4 : 27/02/2014 at 01:19 PM
Lets hope it was an effective and not suspended sentence, and that they won't be released on bail should they take their cases further up on appeal.
Discussion 5 : 27/02/2014 at 01:17 PM
Now they will be on very inactive positions.

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