Friday, August 7, 2009

Priewpan should be thankful to the PM for not making him acting police chief

The headline says he is in tears for not being made acting police chief while his boss is on leave.

But Police Gen Priewpan Damapong, who happens to be Thaksin Shinawatr's (former?) wife's brother, should in fact thank Premier Abhisit Vejjajiva for naming Police Gen Vichien Poteposri to that position instead.

Just imagine Thaksin's brother-in-law being the national police chief. He will be asked every day how he is going to coordinate with the Interpol to get Thaksin back in Thailand to serve his two-year jail term. It isn't an easy task but it's even trickier if Priewpan is put in a position where he can't avoid being seen to be "too soft" on someone who is No 1 on the wanted list at the moment.

The inevitable question of "conflict of interest" will surface once again.

In fact, if the premier puts him in that sensitive position, Priewpan should be screaming foul. That would be like putting him on the line of fire.

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