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Warrant issued for ex-police officer accused of helping Yingluck flee

Nov 25. 2017
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By The Nation

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The anti-corruption court has issued an arrest warrant for a fired senior Metropolitan Police officer accused of helping former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra flee the country ahead of her court verdict in August.

The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases on Friday issued the warrant for Pol Colonel Chairit Anurit, former deputy commander of Metropolitan Police Division 5.

He was accused of malfeasance and violating Article 157 of the Criminal Code.

Chairit has failed to respond to two summons sent to him by the Royal Thai police to answer charges of malfeasance.

The National Council for Peace and Order’s legal department officer early this month filed a complaint accusing Chairit of dereliction of duty for failing to arrest Yingluck despite knowing that she was a defendant in a case over the handling of her government’s rice-pledging scheme.

The NCPO complaint is in addition to a criminal charge against Chairit for using a fake vehicle licence plate, and the disciplinary action taken against him earlier by the police that resulted in his dismissal from service.

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