BANGKOK, Thailand A senior policeman's Chinese New Year gifts to fellow policemen did not constitute a crime, but might have been a breach of discipline, a Metropolitan Police Bureau commissioner said on Monday, Thailand's The Nation reported.
Lt-General Charnthep Sesawet said Pol Sub Lieutenant Manas Termthanasak gave about 60 fellow policemen traditional red ang pao envelopes, each containing 500 baht in cash and a talisman, describing the gifts as being from an elder brother to juniors.
Charnthep said Metropolitan Police Area 7 had launched a fact-finding probe into the gesture and has asked anyone involved to submit to questioning within seven days.
He cited a National Anti-Corruption Commission rule allowing civil servants to accept cash or items worth up to 3,000 baht.
There is also a Royal Thai Police regulation against officers visiting business establishments during annual festivals, especially Lunar New Year, and collecting money, gifts or other benefits, an activity deemed inappropriate.
This case seems to not be a crime, but it might be a disciplinary breach, Charnthep said.
Source: NAM News Network