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‘Billion baht’ police arrested linked to insurgency, oil smuggling

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PHUKET: Two crime-fighting agencies agencies have been assigned to investigate a series of high-profile arrests – including Central Investigation Bureau Commissioner Lt Gen Pongpat Chayaphan – over a longstanding contraband petrol trade that may have been used to back insurgents in the Deep South.

Justice Minister Gen Paiboon Koomchaya said the DSI had found that insurgents and those involved in the petrol trade had reciprocally supported each other and the illegal activity involved unidentified government officials.

Read more: The Phuket Gazette

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