Police erase criminal records of innocent people

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Surachate pointed out three categories of cases where personal files would be deleted:

– Cases that the public prosecutor’s office dismissed or discontinued within the meaning of the Public Prosecutor’s Office Act.

– Cases rejected by a court.

– Cases where a court has decided to acquit the suspects.

According to Surachate, as of April 28, the database contained 12.4 million records that had not yet been quarantined and deleted.

Investigators have informed the criminal records department that cases relating to 7.8 million of those records have been closed for deletion.

The remaining 4.6 million are awaiting an update from case investigators, he reported.

Surachate said he has directed all police stations across the country to expedite the process of updating the department on the status of the cases.

“This project of deleting files to erase criminal records and give people life back was initiated by Pol General Suwat so that the innocent can experience justice and return to normal life,” Surachate said.

He also said police recently arrested two suspects after they allegedly used fake police criminal records to deceive former suspects into thinking they could help clear their criminal records.

One suspect has been identified as Worapol Songsalaboon, 28, a resident of Klong Luang district of Pathum Thani.

Surachate said Worapol allegedly claimed in his Facebook posts that he could help former suspects erase their criminal records at a cost of THB200 to 2,000 and the former suspects were not required to be present at the criminal records department as usual.

Some paid the fee to Worapol and instead received fake criminal records. Worapol now faces a criminal complaint at Yannawa Police Station, Surachate said.

The other suspect was identified as Jamlong Yingtrakul, 56, a resident of Bang Pa-in district in Ayutthaya.

He was arrested after some people asked the Criminal Records Department to verify that some of the criminal records were authentic. The department investigated and found that the documents were allegedly forged by Jamlong.

He too is being charged at Pathumwan Police Station, Surachate added.

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