More artefacts found in former Thai police chief’s house

Officials raiding the former police CIB chief's house. Source: Bangkok Post 20150424

A police raid on the former Thai head of the Central Investigation Bureau’s house has turned up even more artefacts.

Officials raiding the former police CIB chief's house. Source: Bangkok Post 20150424
Officials raiding the former police CIB chief’s house. Source: Bangkok Post 20150424

More of Pongpat’s loot seized
Bangkok Post, 24 April 2015

Thousands more antiques, artefacts and other valuables have been seized from imprisoned former Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) chief Pongpat Chayapan in raids on two houses in Nonthaburi province and handed over to the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) to be auctioned off.

The valuables were seized from a four-storey house in Sawasdikan Thahanbok housing estate and the Sawong Antique shop on Chaeng Watthana Road in Pak Kret district late on Thursday.

The seizures include ancient headdresses, lamps, doors and deity statues; an oil painting depicting Buddha’s life dating from the reign of King Rama III; Buddha images from the Sukhothai era; other artefacts, collectibles and ivory statues, and mounted protected wildlife.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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