Central Investigation Bureau Commissioner Pol Lt-Gen Pongpat Chayapong Arrested on Charges of Malfeasance in Office
BANGKOK – Authorities in Bangkok have detained Pol Lt-Gen Pongpat, his deputy, Pol Maj-Gen Kowit Wongrungroj and four other police officers on charges of malfeasance in office and bribe taking among others. They have all been temporarily relieved from police service pending investigation.
Police teams searched the houses of Pol Lt-Gen Pongpat and seven other policemen and civilians arrested by the police and seized large amount of cash and other valuables especially at the house of the CIB commissioner.
More than one billion baht in cash and many other valuables such as rare Buddha images and land title deeds were found in the house of Central Investigation Bureau commissioner Pol Lt-Gen Pongpat Chayapong, according to police sources.
Police are now investigating to determine how the commissioner had amassed the assets.
Pol Lt-Gen Pongpat, his deputy, Pol Maj-Gen KowitWongrungroj and four other police officers were arrested on charges of malfeasance in office and bribe taking among others. They have all been temporarily relieved from police service pending investigation.
All the eight arrested suspects are currently separately held in eight different detention cells.
It was reported that a committee has been set up to consider disciplinary actions against the CIB commissioner and five other officers.