Sunday, April 19, 2009

Thai politics: Transfer of deputy police chief linked to Sondhi's assassination attempt

Police chief on Sunday delegated to new job one of his deputies, Pol Gen Jongrak Juthanont after he mishandled many cases including People's Alliance for Democracy's seizures of two Bangkok airports.

Jongrak who oversaw metropolitan police is transferred to oversee eastern and central regions. One of the deputies; Pol Gen Thanee Somboonsab, who is seen as close to Democrat Party of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajvia, will replace Jongrak.

Sources said Jongrak failed to prevent PAD from seizing Suvaranbhumi and Don Mueng airports last year. Under Jongrak's supervision, police also arrested a navy officer on charge of involving in killing plot of a privy councillor, but the court cleared the office of the charge due to lack of substantiate evidence.

The last incident reportedly led to the transfer was the killing attempt on PAD's leader Sondhi Limthongkul early Friday morning on Sam Sen road.

Source: The Nation

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