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02 March 2008 :: 11:03:59 am 28941

PM Samak Insists Transfer of Police Chief is Lightest Punishment

BANGKOK, March 1 Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said Saturday on his return to the capital from Vientiane that his order transferring national police chief Pol. Gen. Sereepisut Taemeeyaves to an inactive post at the Prime Minister‘s Office should be considered as the most lenient response under the circumstances.
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Speaking to journalists upon his arrival at Suvarnabhumi international airport after concluding his two-day official visit to Laos, Mr. Samak, also defense minister, said several persons had proposed imposing harsher punishment on Gen. Sereepisut, and that his order to only transfer the national police chief should be considered as being the most lenient.

The transfer order signed by Mr. Samak and announced Friday that the police chief was removed from his post for alleged serious breaches of discipline and other accusations.

After learning of the abrupt transfer, Gen. Sereepisut said yesterday he would sue Mr. Samak in court for abuse of power if the order was not legitimate.

Mr. Samak today said he found no problem if Gen. Sereepisut takes him to court.

Referring to charges made by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) that the transfer was aimed at bringing back deputy national police chief Pol. Lt-Gen. Priewpan Damapong, brother-in-law of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Gen. Priewpan was moved to the Prime Minister’s Office shortly after the Sept 19, 2006 coup, when Gen. Sereepisut was promoted to police chief. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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