Naew Na reported on the latest in the case of an 80 year old Frenchman who was taken in with a group of friends after walking on the beach in contravention of Covid-19 restrictions.
It was claimed that police extorted 2,000 baht for taking the group home during the curfew after investigations dragged on to 1 am. In addition 50,000 baht bail had been handed over.
The resolution of the case beggar’s belief, notes Thaivisa, falling into the category of the mother of all whitewashes.
The media said that Pim, 42, the wife of the Frenchman (who earlier had been to appeal for justice to her local MP) went with the MP’s lawyer to meet Pattaya station chief Pol Col Khemmarin Phitsamai on Thursday evening.
He had earlier said he was busy but now found time for her and the entourage that arrived at the police station.
After about a one hour meeting Naew Na said that the foreigner’s wife said that she had received wonderful justice and completely clear explanations.
She admitted that it had all been one big misunderstanding.
Regarding the bail money she now felt completely “sabai jai” (happy) and she no longer had any problem whatsoever with the actions of the police.
After “wais” were exchanged all round chief Khemmarin said that his men were completely and utterly blameless in the case and had no criminal or disciplinary case to answer.
He spoke of the constabulary’s duty of care and adjustments to procedures in the long run without giving any further details.
He offered an apology for the Thai wife’s experience.
Naew Na gave no details about the alleged extortion, the bail money or what has happened to the Frenchman.