Rolexes, Buddha statues: A unique auction in Thailand opens window to police corruption

March 5, 2015 9:00 AM

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Rolexes, Buddha statues: A unique auction in Thailand opens window to police corruption

In this Jan. 30, 2015 photo, former Central Investigation Bureau chief Lt. Gen. Pongpat Chayapan, center, is escorted by Thai corrections officers upon arrival at the Criminal Court in Bangkok, Thailand. At a military base outside Bangkok, authorities are holding a four-day auction that opened Thursday to sell off some of the ill-gotten artworks and luxury goods police said they seized from Pongpat, the longtime head of the Central Investigation Bureau, or Thailand’s FBI. Pongpat is now serving a 31-year sentence on a range of corruption charges and insulting the monarchy. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) (The Associated Press)

In this March 2, 2015 photo, Thai soldiers stand guard over paintings and other objects at the public viewing for an auction of items seized from Lt. Gen. Pongpat Chayapam in Bangkok, Thailand. The four-day auction at a military base outside Bangkok opened Thursday, March 5 featuring what police say...

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