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Two Women Accuse Royal Thai Police Officers of Sexual Abuse and Rape

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BANGKOK – Two Thai women from separate provinces have brought complaints of sexual abuse against policemen, with one of them alleging illegal detention and physical assault during attempted rape.

A 47-year-old assistant pharmacist from Ratchaburi province arrived at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok Friday to file her complaint with CSD commander Maitree Chimcherd.

Accompanying her, lawyer Ronarong Kaeophet said that on the night of April 27 a police captain in Ratchaburi had invited his client to a restaurant for a meal, and did not let her return home afterwards.

The police captain assaulted her in his car and drove her to a resort where he tried to rape her. When she resisted he attacked her again, causing her left ear to bleed and leaving bruises on her body.

When the resort owner intervened, the police captain locked her in the room. She later escaped, he said.

The woman had earlier filed a complaint at Muang Ratchaburi police station, but the case made no progress. Some plain-clothes policemen visited her house and asked her to withdraw her complaint, the lawyer said.

His client said she came to know the police captain when she earlier filed a fraud complaint at Pak Thor police station and he handled her case.

He courted her but then she found out that he was married and wanted to distance herself from him.

In the other case, Ancharee Yaekjaturas, 23, from Chaiyaphum province told reporters in Pattaya late Thursday night that she was arrested and charged with drunk driving after a motorcycle crash on Pattaya Sai Song Road early on Monday morning this week.

While in a cell at Muang Pattaya station, a man dressed like a policeman who appeared to be close to other officers approached and offered to write off her case if she paid a 20,000-baht bribe.

She accepted the proposal for her freedom, but later he sought to kiss her cheek. She had to allow it to guarantee her release.

She said the man hugged her and kissed her cheek twice in the presence of many people.

By Wassayos Ngamkham, Chaiyot Pupattanapong
The Bangkok Post

 

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