Thailand is probing whether a senior justice official and two cops worked as meet-and-greeters for smugglers trying to traffic 21 rhino horns worth US$500,000 (RM2.2mil) through an airport.
The trio, including a deputy state provincial prosecutor, appeared to escort two women as they arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport on March 10, bags bulging with the haul from the critically endangered species.
The two women fled as suspicious customs officers checked the bags, leaving authorities to scour airport CCTV footage to retrace their movements.
They discovered “two police as well as a senior official from the Ministry of Justice walking along the concourse with the luggage”, according to a statement from the Attorney-General’s office.
The statement named deputy state prosecutor for Saraburi province, Police Major Worapas Boonsri, as one of the suspects.
He has been transferred pending the investigation, the other two men are yet to be identified.