Monday, 14 December 2015

Human Trafficking :Top Thai policeman seeks political asylum in Australia, fears for his life




A senior Thai policeman who headed an investigation into human trafficking for the country's military government has fled Thailand in fear of his life and is now requesting political asylum in Australia.


In BBC report:

Paween Pongsirin was appointed to investigate trafficking networks after the discovery of mass graves at migrant camps earlier this year. 
Now in Melbourne, he said he fled Thailand because influential figures implicated in trafficking wanted him killed.
He quit the Thai police last month.
Maj Gen Paween said that his investigation, which wound up after five months, was halted by influential people in the government, military and police.
His investigation resulted in more than 150 arrest warrants issued - including for politicians, policemen and military figures - and trials have begun in Thailand.
But he told the BBC's Newsday programme that "some influential figures were not happy" about the warrants issued. He was reassigned to the far south of the country, and said he feared his life was in danger.
Thailand's military junta denies claims it turned a blind eye to human trafficking. There has been no official response to Maj Gen Paween's latest comments so far.

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