Thai navy commander charged with trafficking

Accused of failing to intercept migrant vessels and taking payments.

Report: Thai navy commander charged with trafficking

By Max Constant

A Thai navy commander has been charged with human trafficking after he was accused of accepting bribes to turn a blind eye to the smuggling of Muslim Rohingya along Thailand’s western Andaman coast, according to a local media report.

Phuketwan reported Monday that Commander Kampanart Sangtonggeen and three army captains are said to have deliberately avoided intercepting migrant vessels, but then received money from middlemen who handed them over to traffickers.

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