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10 August 2009 :: 17:08:17 pm 33203

Patcharawat Returns Early From China; Acting Police Chief, “My Duty Is Ended”

BANGKOK, Aug 10 Thailand's acting police chief Pol Gen Wichien Pojprosri said Monday that he is no longer in the temporary post as incumbent Pol Gen Patcharawat Wongsuwan returned earlier than anticipated from his leave in China.
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Gen Patcharawat returned to Thailand on Sunday, prior to the end of his official leave of absence, scheduled to end on Friday. He is expected to report to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva or Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thuagsuban before resuming duty.

Gen Patcharawat also reportedly went to his office early Monday morning, but spent only five minutes there before leaving.

Gen Wichien said as Gen Patcharawat has returned to Thailand, his duty as acting police chief has ended.

He said from now on Gen Patcharawat would oversee the police annual reshuffle list, from deputy commissioner to non-commissioned officers.

Meanwhile, Deputy Premier Suthep declined to comment on the early return because he has received no letter from Gen Patcharawat officially notifying Mr Suthep of his retiurn to the kingdom.

Mr Suthep said he has to see the details in the letter and will inform the matter to the premier.

Gen Wichien was appointed by Prime Minister Abhisit as acting police chief only last Tuesday following the 10-day leave of Gen Patcharawat — an absence which was expected to smooth some minor obstacles to the police investigation of the attempted killing of People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) leader Sondhi Limthongkul on April 17.

Rumours swirled during the past week that Gen Patcharawat would be transferred to an inactive post after the Sondhi investigation team complained that they encountered difficulties in conducting the case as information had been leaked by unnamed police officers.

The premier, however, said Gen Patcharawat will not be sacked because he has done nothing wrong, but would instead take leave for an overseas mission to allow the investigators to conduct the case smoothly.

Mr Abhisit also said there will not be an annual police reshuffle at this time, so that the changes will not affect the Sondhi investigation. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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