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NACC to summon ex-Immigration Police chief for questioning on scrapped deal

Jan 09. 2020
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By The Nation

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) will summon former Immigration Police chief Pol Lt-General Surachate Hakparn on Friday and also 13 other immigration officers within this week.

Sithra Bia-Bangkoet, secretary of the public lawyer for citizen and society foundation, had sent a complaint letter to the NACC to investigate the case of the Bt2.1-billion biometric system and intelligent patrol cars project. 

Surachate had said earlier that he suspected people involved with the biometric project that he had scrapped to be behind the attack on his vehicle. Eight shots were fired at Surachate’s SUV while it was parked in a soi outside a massage parlour in Bang Rak district on Monday night.

He had also said the BMW intelligent patrol cars were too expensive to maintain and not worth wasting taxpayers’ money on.

Surachate will be summoned for testimony on Friday (January 10) as he was the director of the Immigration Police who had cancelled the biometric system contract. Other police officers who will be called for the inquiry will remain a secret. If the investigation finds some clues, four of the accused, and Police chief Chakthip Chaijinda will also be called for questioning.

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