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British bar owner bribery case: Koh Phangan official transferred

The local official at the center of bribery allegations made by a British bar owner on Koh Phangan has been transferred.

The order to remove Wisarut Dechhun came in a special directive from the Surat governor. Wisarut will be confined to clerical duties at the town hall in Surat Thani while an investigation takes place.

Word came from the governor’s office that the official, a deputy administrator on the holiday island, had been involved in similar allegations before.

Bar owner Lance ,50, alleges that the official had him and others hauled to local offices on the island where 21,000 was taken from a cash machine in exchange for not prosecuting him.

He said just 900 baht was returned to him from the till.
He alleged that this was not the first time he had fallen victim to such activity. He said that his operation is all above board.

The latest incident happened on Tuesday at 1am in the morning.

The official has said that he is wholly innocent of the charges and has never taken money in bribes.

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