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As all government agencies are required to submit list of influential people to the government in its effort to root out crimes, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) also joined the crime crack campaign by submitting a list of names it considered influential.
Director-general of the DSI Pol Col Phaisit Wongmueng said his department had forwarded a list of names of several influential criminal bosses deemed to have violated five major criminal laws to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).
This partial list, however, is significant in that it is different to earlier lists that were compiled by the Army, police and the Ministry of Interior that divided criminal syndicates into localities according to where they operate, he said.
According to him, the deputy prime minister’s 324/2558 directive dated 28 October 2015, describe influential persons as follow.
Influential criminal entities are either individuals or groups that have undertaken personally or by employing subordinates; to carry out unlawful activities.
These include direct and indirect support of actions that disregard the laws of the land.
Furthermore, the fallout from these criminal activities detrimentally affects the national economy, society, politics and internal security as a whole.
The directive classifies influential entities into 16 types which are unregulated money-lenders, casino operators, trafficking contraband goods, illegal arms sale, hired assassins as well as operators of illegal sex-trade, perpetrators of swindle or fraud and narcotics syndicates.