Ex-Bangkok police chief arrested w/ loaded gun at airport

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Ex-Bangkok police chief arrested w/ loaded gun at airport

Post by Anchor Moy » Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:19 pm

A former highranking Thai police officer returning to Thailand is found with a loaded gun in his bag at Narita airport. This is particularly embarrasssing for the Thais, following the "red flag" that was delivered by the ICAO for concerns about Thai aviation security.
Japanese authorities have arrested a former senior policeman from Thailand for possessing a loaded gun at a Tokyo airport, officials said today.

Comronwit Toopgrajank, a former Bangkok police chief, was detained on Monday at Narita airport as he tried to leave the country, a police spokesman said.

Officials stationed at the airport discovered a revolver with five live rounds in the 60-year-old’s suitcase and arrested him on the spot on suspicion of violating gun laws, the spokesman said.

The suspect told police “the gun was his own and was a gift from a friend, and that he had forgotten he had put it inside the suitcase”, the official said.

“He entered Japan on June 19, and said he visited a waste incineration plant as part of a group of some 80 people,” the spokesman added.

A Thai embassy official said Comronwit was being quizzed by prosecutors.

Comronwit headed the police in Thailand’s capital between July 2012 and May last year, the same month Thailand’s generals seized power in a coup. He retired later that year.

Thai junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha said today that he had ordered officials at the country’s biggest airport Suvarnabhumi to investigate whether Comronwit was able to take the pistol through security before flying to Japan.

“I have ordered the investigation to look at whether he can smuggle such a thing on board and whether he passed through X-ray machines,” he told reporters.

Such a security breach, if proven, would be a major embarrassment for Thailand at a time when its aviation industry is under increased scrutiny.

Last week, the International Civil Aviation Organization “red-flagged” Thailand after it failed to meet a deadline to address a “significant safety concern” about how air operators are certified.

Analysts say that move could prompt further scrutiny by aviation bodies in the United States and Europe as well as make it harder for Thai airlines to find insurance or lease new aircraft.

Prayut has vowed to meet the ICAO’s demands.

Comronwit’s detention also comes a fortnight after five Thais were detained at Lahore airport in Pakistan after one of them tried to board a plane with a pistol and ammunition.

So far they had not been linked to any insurgent groups in Thailand.

While Japanese police do carry guns, Japan has very strict firearms control laws and few people possess weapons or have come into contact with them.

Thailand’s police are armed and the country has one of Asia’s highest gun murder rates.
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Post by General Mackevili » Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:05 pm

Haha, the best part is that he likely got it all that way from Thailand and into Japan before they found it.
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Post by vladimir » Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:02 am

Anchor Moy wrote:Comronwit Toopgrajank, a former Bangkok police chief
Comronwitless more like it.

Or Comronhalfwit.
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Post by ExPenhMan » Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:50 am

I've no doubt whatsoever he was allowed through security with the gun with lots of waiing and bowing. But "security" did so in complete contravention of ICAO and international law. What a bunch of morons. Truly.

This is going to be a big scare for ICAO knowing Thai airport security is a sieve (probably scarily so). What happens when you've got a country with a big security leak? Other countries may scrutinize arriving passengers from Thailand more closely. I can imagine some nations' airport security practices will have to include filling the arrivals gate with inspectors and pulling all of them over. They may very well have to do so.
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Re: Ex-Bangkok police chief arrested w/ loaded gun at airpor

Post by wackyjacky » Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:26 am

I was at DMK a few months back in the morning when there were a lot of departures to mainland China. The Chinese caused such clusterfucks everywhere that they just waived everybody through security. Good thing too or I would have missed my flight.
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