12 highway police charged in 20-year truck sticker bribery scandal

TWELVE highway cops have been charged with extortion and misconduct in connection with the truck sticker bribery scandal, based on Pol. Maj. Gen. Jaroonkiat Pankaew, Counter Corruption Division (CCD) commander and acting Highway Police Division Chief. He acknowledged that additional charges could be revealed as the investigation expands.
Research of the 12 officers charged have not been disclosed, but they’ve been reassigned to the Highway Police Division operations centre pending additional motion.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Jaroonkiat believes that more officers and higher-ranking officials from other agencies are involved in the scandal, which has reportedly continued for over 20 years. The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) will extend the investigation via a working panel.
The controversy was initially uncovered by Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn, a Move Forward Party record MP-elect, who claimed that overloaded trucks with special stickers were not detained or their drivers arrested.
Following the initial reports, Pol. Maj. Gen. Ekkaraj Limsangkat, commander of the Highway Police Division, was transferred to an inactive post on the Central Investigation Bureau on May 30. A senior official from the Ministry of Transport, Pisak Jitviriyavasin, acknowledged that there were loopholes within the system regulating overloaded vehicles. He emphasised the want to handle the human issue and using discretion in determining which trucks to detain, Bangkok Post reported..

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