A member of the National Anti-Corruption Commission has insisted it is illegal for police to receive gifts of money (tae ear) from others during Chinese New Year.NACC member Vicha Mahakhun said yesterday police who receive financial gifts have violated Section 149 of the Criminal Code as well as Section 103 of the national anti-corruption law which prohibit state authorities from receiving money or benefits from others.
The anti-corruption law says state authorities can receive money or benefits worth no more than 3,000 baht, and only from their relatives, during Chinese New Year or when they travel overseas, Mr Vicha said. He said police who receive gifts of money could also be charged with dereliction of duty under Section 157 of the Criminal Code.
Mr Vicha said the Royal Thai Police Office has set up a committee to look into the matter and the committee must forward the case to the NACC to consider.
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