Thai police officer fired, faces probe for 'forgery'

Thai police officer fired, faces probe for 'forgery'

National police chief Somyos Pumpanmuang yesterday ordered the dismissal from civil service of Pol Colonel Denchai Butphosri of the Police Aviation Division, pending an investigation into a fraudulent claim in a Huai Khwang massage parlour search on Friday night, a police spokesman said yesterday.

Denchai's name appeared on a document used by 10 policemen for a search at the premises for illegal migrant workers.

Lt-General Prawut Thavornsiri said the policeman was allegedly involved in a forged document authorising him as a special task force team's leader, used to justify the search, despite the police chief's previous cancellation of special task force teams nationwide.

Huai Kwang police was instructed to press a charge of forgery, while the Police Aviation Division would launch a disciplinary probe against Denchai who was also dismissed from civil service in the meantime, he added.

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