Two Politicians, Two Officials Surrender Over Phuket Taxi Crimes

The four officials who surrendered yesterday: clockwise from top left, Wanchai, Veerasak, Sompong and Ittiphon (Phuket News)

(The Phuket News)

PHUKET – Two local politicians and two officials reported to the Phuket Provincial Police HQ yesterday to answer charges of supporting the alleged illegal activities of their boss, Karon Mayor Thawee Thongchan.

Mr. Thawee himself surrendered on June 4 to answer charges of supporting a taxi mafia in the Karon area, abusing his position to allow taxi drivers to use a public pavilion as a taxi station, and allowing them to use free electricity and water funded from national coffers.

The four who surrendered today are the two deputy mayors, Itthipon Sangkeaw and Sompong Dapphet, the town clerk (palad), Veerasak Anek-ongsawatt, and the head of the town’s planning department, Wanchai Saetan.

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