VIDEO: City inspectors sacked for extortion

VIDEO: City inspectors sacked for extortion

A fruit vendor puts money into a bag containing fruit before handing it to a city thetsakit beneath Asoke BTS station in Bangkok in October. (Capture from a clip by Wasant Saenbua via Big Krian Indy Facebook page)
A fruit vendor puts money into a bag containing fruit before handing it to a city thetsakit beneath Asoke BTS station in Bangkok in October. (Capture from a clip by Wasant Saenbua via Big Krian Indy Facebook page)

Three city inspectors, known as thetsakit, have been fired for extorting money from a fruit vendor on the footpath below the BTS Asoke train station.

Bangkok deputy governor Sakoltee Phattiyakul said on Wednesday that a disciplinary inquiry found the three inspectors guilty of extortion and decided they should be sacked.

They have a month in which to appeal the decision, Mr Sakoltee said.

The three were suspended on Oct 17, three days after a video clip showed them receiving an undisclosed amount of money from a vendor on a footpath where selling is prohibited near the BTS Asoke station.

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Vocabulary

  • appeal: to make a request that a court change a decision of a lower court - ยื่นอุทธรณ์
  • disciplinary: related to the punishment of people who do not obey the rules - การลงโทษเนื่องจากการฝ่าฝืนวินัย หรือระเบียบ
  • extortion: the crime of trying to obtain something by force or threat - การขู่กรรโชก  รีดไถ
  • prohibited (adj): not allowed; to banned - ถูกห้าม
  • sacked (adj): removed from a job - ถูกปลดออกจากตำแหน่ง
  • suspended: not allowed to participate or to do a job for a period of time -
  • undisclosed: not reported publicly - ไม่เปิดเผย

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