Following the “Big Cleaning Day” raids by the Police Cyber Task Force (PCTF) on Monday in Bangkok, Phetchaburi, Samut Prakan, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani and Saraburi, eight police officers, among them a division commander, are among 17 suspects who are allegedly implicated in an illegal online gambling platform called “netflikroyal.com”.
The 17 individuals are among the first group of suspects against whom arrest warrants have been filed, according to Pol Lt-Gen Trairong Piewpan, commissioner of the Royal Thai Police’s Office of Legal Affairs and Litigation. Six people—all civilians—were able to avoid capture.
He asserted that the PCTF has been looking into the internet gambling organization for more than two months and has amassed enough proof to ask for arrest warrants.
He explained that the organization that ran the platform was split into four groups: one group was in charge of running the gambling website; another was in charge of finding people to open “mule” bank accounts; a fourth group was in charge of managing finances and banking; and a fifth group was in charge of collecting money from the “mule” accounts.
He asserted that a few of the cops were in fact in charge of the gaming website.
According to Pol Lt-Gen Trairong, the PCTF was unaware that Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, the deputy national police head, was the owner of the home that was raided on Monday because it was registered in a civilian’s name.
Pol Maj-Gen Namkiat, commander of the Metropolitan Police Bureau’s training center, Pol Col Parkpoom Pisamai, a deputy commander attached to the 4th Region Provincial Police Bureau, and Pol Col Khemarin Pisamai, a superintendent of immigration police in the province of Chanthaburi, are three of the eight police officers for whom arrest warrants have been issued.
Yesterday, the court granted Pol Col Khemarin and Pol Col Aris, two immigration police officers, freedom on 100,000 baht bail each.
Several of those in police custody are Pol Gen Surachate’s subordinates. However, the deputy national police head stated yesterday that he is certain that none of his employees are engaged in the illicit gaming business.
Six of the seven civilian suspects detained were transported yesterday from the Loei province to Bangkok in a police plane before being taken for questioning to the Metropolitan Police Bureau.
One of the six suspects, identified only as “Pitcharat,” is allegedly a partner in the gambling business, and police claim that they opened “mule” bank accounts.
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