Spy cameras in the toilets of the Thai Embassy probed | the islander
The Australian government was “indirectly aware” of a situation at its embassy in Bangkok months before a man was arrested when spy cameras were found in a women’s toilet.
First reported by the ABC on February 5, a foreign affairs official confirmed that a locally recruited employee at the embassy was arrested by Royal Thai Police on January 6.
The ABC report says multiple cameras were discovered in embassy bathrooms after an SD card containing footage of female staff was found on the bathroom floor.
Chief Operating Officer Adrian Hudson said the man’s employment ended on the day of his arrest and that although initial inquiries had been carried out on the Australian side, the matter was under investigation. of an investigation by the Thai police.
“The first time we became aware of it, and I will use the term indirectly, was I believe in August,” he said when asked when the embassy became aware of the camera. hidden.
“However, at that time, the extent of things was not understood.”
Mr Hudson continued with ‘there was a piece of equipment…’, before being interrupted by Foreign Secretary Marise Payne who said the department should not go into details of the ongoing investigation .
Mr Hudson said the investigation was limited to the individual and Australian authorities would cooperate with local police, including facilitating access to the embassy if necessary.
Senator Payne said the department had zero tolerance for “this kind of appalling behaviour”.
It appears that security protocols at the embassy have also been reviewed.
“It’s fair to say that when an incident occurs, whether of this nature or any other, we take the opportunity to re-examine our risk assessments, protocols and processes and look for opportunities to bring improvements,” Hudson said. noted.
A range of advisory and support services were provided to Embassy staff.
Australian Associated Press