Police chief steps in to bribes row

An: Wants CCTV footage made public
An: Wants CCTV footage made public

The national police chief has ordered investigators to find more evidence related to a Taiwanese actress's complaint that police extorted 27,000 baht from her at a checkpoint in Huai Khwang district this month.

The actress, Charlene An, complained via social media that she was stopped by police near the Chinese embassy at about 1am on Jan 4 and was kept there for about two hours.

She said the officers told her that her visa on arrival was unacceptable and must be printed in her passport with an official emblem.

After being searched and having long conversations with police and asking what she did wrong, the 33-year-old finally learned she had to pay for her freedom. She paid 27,000 baht and was freed.

On Friday, a police spokesman said footage from three security cameras in the area where the alleged extortion took place contradicts her account of the incident.

The woman was together with three men in a Grab taxi, a red Mazda 2, which was stopped by police at a security checkpoint at 2.27am, police said.

The four passengers were asked to get out of the car. They stood on the pavement while communicating with the officers for a long time before an orange taxi came and picked them up.

From start to finish, neither the actress nor the three men were seen walking into the alley to pay the police as was claimed.

The first Grab driver who picked the four up and drove them to where they were stopped claimed the woman passenger was drunk.

However, the actress insisted she was not drunk and challenged police to show their CCTV footage.

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  • bribe: money or a present given to someone so that they will help you doing something dishonest or illegal - สินบน
  • challenge: to invite someone to do something difficult or risky, such as to compete or fight - ท้า
  • checkpoint: a place where people are stopped and questioned and vehicles are examined, especially at a border between two countries - ด่านตรวจ
  • complain: to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/something - บ่น, ร้องทุกข์
  • contradict: to say that the opposite of what someone has said is true - ขัดแย้ง
  • embassy: a building where a group of officials work who represent their government in a foreign country - สถานทูต
  • emblem (noun): a sign or symbol - สัญลักษณ์, เครื่องหมาย
  • extortion: the crime of trying to obtain something by force or threat - การขู่กรรโชก  รีดไถ
  • neither: not the one nor the other of two people or things -
  • row: a serious disagreement about an issue between people, organisations or countries - การทะเลาะวิวาท
  • spokesman: a person who speaks on behalf of a group or an organization - โฆษก
  • unacceptable: that you cannot accept, allow or approve of - ซึ่งไม่สามารถยอมรับได้
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