The case was commented upon by acting Immigration chief Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang yesterday.
He took up the top job at the Immigration Bureau a couple of months ago after the poster boy of the Royal Thai Police Lt-Gen Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn was abruptly removed from his role and transferred to clerical duties at the PM’s office.
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No reason has ever been given for Big Joke’s removal though speculation has been rife.
TNA MCOT reported a story about the biometrics project that contained an oblique reference to a behind the scenes “shuffling of chairs”.
They said that a lawyer called Sittra Biabangkert had filed a complaint with the NACC to investigate the biometrics project.
The plan is to have fingerprinting and facial recognition technology in place at borders and airports nationwide by next month. Doubts remain if the more than two billion baht project will start by its scheduled July 1st date, Thaivisa understands from previous reports.
The foreign company working with the Thais on the implementation and technology is facing daily fines if they don’t meet contractual obligations.
Yesterday, believed during a briefing about many immigration cases reported elsewhere, Lt-Gen Sompong said that the bureau will provide full cooperation with the NACC and he was personally “not worried” about the conclusions.
As far as himself goes he said that the biometrics project was something that developed over two years before he even took up his post. He said he had nothing to hide but said he could not guarantee if there was wrong doing or not.
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That would be up to the NACC to ascertain.
He was not concerned about his position as the new acting head of the bureau.
He spoke of the good name of immigration in the work they do to keep Thailand safe.