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Somkid appeals for fairness for officials

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak asked the public not to blame the entire officialdom for the alleged offence committed by the deputy director-general of Intellectual Property Department accused of stealing three paintings from a hotel in Kyoto.

Although the incident was personal, he said on Thursday that the senior official in question should not be pre-judged and deserved to be treated with fairness. But he made clear that the Commerce Ministry would not help an offender.

Commerce permanent secretary Ms Viboonlak Ruamrak, meanwhile, said officials of the Thai trade promotion office in Osaka were coordinating with Japanese police to visit the DIP deputy director-general.

She added that the official could be kept in police detention of up to 45-90 days before he is tried in the court � which means that he will not be able to return to Thailand soon as earlier speculated.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)