Immigration officers transferred over bribery in Bangkok bomb case (dpa German Press Agency) | Lao Tribune

Immigration officers transferred over bribery in Bangkok bomb case (dpa German Press Agency)

Bangkok (dpa) – Six Thai immigration police, including a local senior
officer, have been transferred for allegedly taking bribes to let a
foreign bomb suspect into the country, a news report said Tuesday.

They were removed from Sa Kaeo, a border province 200 kilometres west
of Bangkok, which is the main land link with Cambodia, Thai Rath
reported.

The suspect was arrested Saturday in connection with the bomb that
killed 20 and wounded scores this month, and has been under
interrogation at an army base north of Bangkok.

He told police that he paid officials 18,000 baht (500 US dollars) to
avoid showing his fake passport at the border. He had used the
passport to fly from Turkey to Vietnam, and to travel through Laos to
Cambodia.

He is also suspected of involvement in another bomb that exploded off
a Bangkok river pier, and in connection with a human-trafficking
network producing fake passports for members of the Uighur minority
from China.

The suspect’s name and nationality had not been determined, but his
age was given as 28, police were cited as saying by earlier media
reports.

Thailand deported 90 Uighurs, mostly men, to China in July amid a
spat between China and Turkey over where they should be sent. Turkey
and rights group say Uighurs face repression in China, especially
after apparently trying to flee the country.

Bangkok sent an earlier group of more than 170 Uighurs, mostly women
and children, to Turkey in late June.

Bomb-making materials and stacks of fake Turkish passports were found
in the suspect’s apartment in an eastern suburb of Bangkok. He also
held a fake Turkish passport.

Security and document checks have been tightened at the border
following the transfer of the six officials.

More than 10,000 people cross the border daily between Arunyaprathet
in Thailand’s Sa Keao province and Poipet in Cambodia.