Art, Fine Wine: Thai Auction Puts Police Corruption on View

March 5, 2015 9:58 AM

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At a military base outside Bangkok, soldiers stand guard over Buddha statues, showcases of Rolex watches and some very expensive French wine — a $4,000 bottle of Petrus and choice vintages of Dom Perignon.

It all belonged to a man who led Thailand's equivalent of the FBI and is now serving 31 years in prison on corruption and other convictions. A four-day auction that opened Thursday features a small portion of the 27,000 items police say they seized from longtime Central Investigation Bureau head Lt....

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