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Royal Thai Police Commissioner Rejects Recommendation to Strip Thaksin’s Police Rank

Chief of Royal Thai Police General Somyot Poompanmuang (R) speaks during a news conference at  the Royal Thai Police headquarters in Bangkok

Chief of Royal Thai Police General Somyot Poompanmuang (R) speaks during a news conference at the Royal Thai Police headquarters in Bangkok

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BANGKOK – Pol Gen Somyot Phumphanmuang the Royal Thai Police commissioner has again rejected a police committee’s recommendation to strip Thaksin Shinawatra’s of his police rank reasoning that it lacks details of his misbehaviours that could justify the action.

The committee headed by Pol Gen Chaiya Siri-ampolkul forwarded  its recommendation with signatures of all five committee members yesterday to reconsider after it was rejected with reason that it was not signed by all committee members.

However the recommendation complete with all signatures required was again rejected with reasons that it lacks details.

Pol Gen  Somyot made clear that he was not trying to block or delay the action but it was a matter to justify the revocation of the police rank of the former prime minister.

He said the recommendation has no details of his misbehaviour to justify the action.

He said recommendation to strip a police officer of police rank is justified only the offence committed meets two criterion as specified in the the Police Regulations of 2004.

The first criteria details seven serious offences and the second explains whether such offence or misbehaviour will damage the reputation of  the organisation, or is considered a dishonour to remain in the police rank, he said.

He said he required the committee to come up with these details in the next recommendation by June 11.

He said he would invite Pol Gen Chaiya to discuss the issue and to speed up recommendation.

Pol Gen Somyot  said he rejected the second recommendation not because he fell under pressure by any sides or fear for revenge or any cause saying he knew well of what he did and feared nothing.

He said he wanted to do everything clear and legally, saying he still has four months to retire with no problem.

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