Army officer suspected of human trafficking turns himself in to police custody

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BANGKOK, 3 May 2015 – A high-ranking army officer allegedly involved in human trafficking in the South has turned himself in to the police today.

Maj Gen Manat Kongpan gave himself up to National Police Chief Pol Gen Somyot Pumpanmuang and his deputy Pol Gen Ake Angsananont.

The Deputy National Police Chief said Maj Gen Manat had yet to express his intention to post bail, adding that any bail request must be considered by police and prosecutors. Maj Gen Manat’s supervisor was informed of his arrest.

The suspect will be transferred to Songkhla Province, where he will be informed of his charges and face an interrogation by Provincial Police Region 9 and Songkhla police. The staff judge advocate and his lawyer are allowed to observe the interrogation.

Maj Gen Manat has become the most senior official accused of involvement with Rohingya migrant trafficking. The Nathawee provincial court earlier this week approved an arrest warrant for him.