Thai police trafficking investigator seeks asylum in Australia: media

SYDNEY Thailand’s former chief police investigator into human trafficking stated on Thursday he is in search of political asylum in Australia, saying he fears for his life if he go property.

Former Significant Common Paween Pongsirin arrived in Melbourne a handful of days ago on a tourist visa and said he planned to seek political refuge, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

“There should be some location, some secure spot for me,” he mentioned in an interview with the broadcaster. “I came right here simply because Australia is a protected spot.”

Paween quit the police in November saying an order to transfer him to Thailand’s south would expose him to revenge by members of trafficking syndicates still at huge.

National police chief Jakthip Chaijinda said at the time Paween could have asked for protection but chose to resign instead.[ID:L4N0XS2SP]

“We issued 153 warrants across all areas and that incorporated government officials … I had to do just my duty, not to consider of danger or trouble, but now I realize how hazardous it was,” Paween mentioned.

Thailand has indicted 88 men and women suspected of involvement in human trafficking because launching a nationwide investigation into gangs following the discovery in Might of 30 bodies in graves buried near the Thailand-Malaysian border, which prompted an international outcry.

“He was brought in as a hard-nosed knowledgeable investigator, an individual who has a reputation for being incorruptible,” Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch Asia told the ABC.

“He now feels it is no longer protected to stay in Thailand.”

Australian government officials were not quickly available to comment on no matter whether Paween had applied for asylum.

(Reporting by James Regan Editing by Robert Birsel)

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