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Pattaya Daily News

23 September 2010 :: 12:09:30 pm 40109

Scandalous Royal Thai Police Sexual Harassment Case

A high-ranking officer in the Royal Thai Police has been accused of multiple counts of sexual abuse and misconduct on Wednesday. The accusations stem from revelations unveiled in the Thai media that he had intimate sexual relations with numerous female officers against their will.
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Thailand, the 22nd of September 2010: Following revelations and video footage of the officer’s misconduct and suspected sexual abuse of co-workers and subordinates, a full internal investigation has been launched by Thai authorities looking to minimise the damaging effects such a case has on the Royal Thai Police in its entirety.

Headed by Lieutenant-General Commander Surasi Sunthorn Salatul (Region 6 Police Department), investigations into allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct by a senior officer, now known to be Major General Phetlook Sienggong (Tak Provincial Police Commander), commenced. Due to the damaging and severe nature of the case, the Office of the National Police Headquarters has given investigating officers a three-day deadline for conclusive results on the case.

Detailed in the Thai media, on the 22nd of September, is video footage and reports of Maj Gen Sienggong’s sexual involvement with numerous female colleagues and subordinates, one particular incident captured by video surveillance cameras installed in his office.

Forming the basis for investigations are numerous complaints by alleged victims that Maj Gen Sienggong had forced them into a compromising position using threats of dismissal, removal from commander or transfer to obtain sexual favours. Allegedly, the Major General also kept video evidence of his dalliances, which he used against the officers as bribery in future incidents.

In the video, aired on numerous national television networks Wednesday, Maj Gen Sienggong is seen, wearing khaki uniform, kissing a woman in his office before the pair disappear into the bathroom for a considerable amount of time. The video, unedited, has been viewed by National Police commanders and Commissioner-General Wichean Potephosree who are awaiting the results of investigations.

Several of the female officers and staff detailed to have complained about Maj Gen Sienggong’s actions are reportedly married and have husbands who are also subordinates or colleagues under the Major Generals command.

The Thai media were presented with the video footage on Wednesday by an anonymous source, who revealed that the alleged victims of Major-General Sienggong’s scandalous actions were unhappy with the slow investigations by the National Police Office. It is now known that in addition to the reports of sexual harassment, the Major General has several other complaints of misconduct and abuse of power under investigation.

Major General Sienggong, following the release of rumours regarding his sexual misconduct and other allegations, is know to have increased security around his offices before ordering a strict media ban on the Tak Provincial Command. In one statement made by the accused Major General, he stipulated that he was being persecuted as a result of the yearly change of command in the Royal Thai Police hierarchy. This somewhat confirms reports that sexual harassment allegations had previously been covered up or not investigated by his superiors. Reportedly, Major General Sienggong has been temporarily removed from his command and stationed at Region 6 headquarters while investigations are ongoing.

Chairman of the Commission of the Police House of Representatives Mr. Satit Pitudecha revealed that a meeting on the case of Major General Sienggong will be held on the 29th of September with the Commissioner-General, Region 6 Commissioner, local Commanders and deputy’s to be in attendance. Alleged victims and/or their husbands have also been invited to attend the meeting. Mr. Pitudecha also urged any witnesses or victims with further evidence against the accused to come forward to authorities or contact 08-1442-2013 and file a report.

In addition, Head of the Protection of Women Foundation, Ms. Supensi Poung Koksung urged authorities to investigate and prosecute any offences to the full extent of the law. She advised that Major General Sienggong’s actions should be divided into disciplinary and criminal cases in accordance with relating police and criminal acts.

The Division of discipline of the National Police Office (internal affairs) has revealed that it will prosecute all infractions by the Major General or any other involved parties in accordance with Section 79 of the Police National Act 2004 and regulations detailed in the Police Act 2551 under codes of conduct.

Editor’s note: Investigations reveal that Major General Sienggong has a long line of infractions in his career, starting with complaints of his gambling in Cambodian casinos in 1997 while based near the border. He was temporarily suspended over these accusations before returning to duties without reprimand.

In 2002, while serving under the Superintendent of Udomsuk Police Station in Bangkok, Sienggong was again accused of gambling, this time in the workplace. Complaints of assault against subordinates also emerged while he was at Udomsuk but no disciplinary action was ever taken and he was promoted to Superintendent of Prachinburi police.

He was appointed into his latest position, as the Commissioner of Tak province, at the end of 2009 by the Minister of Industry and Tak Democrat MP Mr. Chaiwat Bannawat. CCTV surveillance systems were installed into his Tak offices by the previous commissioner. Major General Sienggong reportedly did not notice them.

In Thursday’s Thai media, Major General Sienggong is now reported to have ordered the woman involved in the revealing video to divorce her husband so that he could avoid being sued for adultery.

Warina Punyawan (Editor-in-chief) Pattaya Daily News

Reporter : Warina Punyawan   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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