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An RTP spokesman has attempted to reassure tourists that Thailand is safe and visitors to the kingdom can have confidence in the force.
The statements come after a Lumpini policeman gunned down a French tourist at the Trendy Building and Plaza in Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, on Wednesday.
Kantapong Huadsri is in custody after he shot Malik Djamel, 41, in the chest and head outside Dunkin’ Donuts.
The pair had earlier had a fist fight in nearby Soi 11/1 before a chase ensued.
Spokesmen Pol Col Krissana Patanacharoen said that the incident was a personal conflict and only the one man was involved. A motorcycle rider who took him to the scene of the crime was not involved.
He admitted that the crime was grave and apologized to the family of the victim on behalf of the Royal Thai Police. He said that no bail was allowed and that no favors would be shown to the officer involved.
He added in a direct message to tourists: “You can have confidence in the Thai police. I want to tell all tourists – Thailand is safe.
“We will do everything to ensure your safety and convenience while in the country”.
He specifically mentioned that there were likely to be many visitors at Christmas and New Year and reiterated safety for all people coming to Thailand.
He further asked the Thai people to act as the eyes and ears in helping the Thai police in their aims.
And he gave a strong message to station chiefs to make sure that officers under their command are behaving themselves.