City inspectors sacked for extortion

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 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.

A video clip showing a fruit vendor putting money into a bag of fruit and then handing it to a city thetsakit  beneath Asok BTS station in Bangkok in October. (Clip posted by Big Krian Indy Facebook page)


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