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Transnational Organized Crime in Thailand (From UNAFEI Annual Report for 2000 and Resource Material Series No. 59, P 601-607, 2002, -- See NCJ-200221)

NCJ Number
Sittipong Tanyapongpruch
Date Published
October 2002
7 pages
This document discusses the types of organized crime in Thailand and steps taken to gain international cooperation and improved related laws and regulations.
Organized criminal groups in Thailand exist in many forms and engage in many activities. They are well organized and difficult to detect. The specific crimes in Thailand are drug related crimes, prostitution, illegal CD copying, money laundering, illegal firearms trafficking, human trafficking, smuggling of stolen vehicles, and financial and securities fraud. The best way to combat organized crime is to prevent it from occurring instead of suppressing it. The accuracy of information is a vital part of the operation. The Act on Mutual Assistance in Criminals Matters of 1992 has been enacted in order for law enforcement to be able to cooperate with foreign authorities in these matters when requested. The Office of the Attorney General is the central authority that has the authority and function to be the coordinator in providing assistance to a foreign state or in seeking assistance from a foreign state under this act. The duties of the central authority include receiving request for assistance; considering and determining whether to provide or seek assistance; and issuing regulations or announcements for the implementation of this act. The Extradition Act of 1929 allows the state to request another state to return a runaway criminal. Measures against drug trafficking include a law to cut the growing trade in narcotics by seizing any property related to narcotic offenses. In order to combat money-laundering practices, there is an act that requires the financial institutions to report every transaction in the amount exceeding two million baht. Drug traffickers face capital punishment for their deeds involving certain drugs. Plea bargaining has recently been introduced in Thailand. A Witness Protection Bill has been proposed in order to overcome fear on behalf of witnesses to crimes.