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Royal Thai Police in hot water - again
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on February 21st:
Deputy National Police Chief Surachate "Big Joke" Hakparn has been charged with the wrongful exercise of duties and accepting bribes by the police.
This follows the discovery of a financial connection between him and an illegal online gambling network through at least 4 mule accounts valued at 300 million baht, as reported by Pol Maj Gen Jaroonkiat Pankaew, deputy commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB). He also said more than half of the 300 million was transferred to other high-ranking officers and used to cover Pol Gen Surachate's daily expenses.
Pol Gen Surachate, along with four other police officers accused of the same offenses, could also face charges of money laundering, according to Pol Maj Gen Jaroonkiat.
Pol Maj Gen Jaroonkiat stated that the investigation into Pol Gen Surachate is linked to the probe against Suchanun "Minnie" Sucharitchinsri, who is suspected of operating online gambling websites involving 61 suspects and eight other police officers.
In September 2023, Suchanun denied allegations of running illegal online gambling websites. However, she did acknowledge having a close relationship with one of Deputy National Police Chiefs, Pol Gen Surachate "Big Joke" Hakparn's close aides, Pol Col Pakpoom Pisamai.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on February 22th:
Deputy National Police Chief Surachate "Big Joke" Hakparn clarified that no official charges have been pressed against him; they have been filed only against his subordinates. This is due to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC)'s pending decision on whether they will handle the case or let the police proceed. A case involving high-ranking officers is usually handled by the NACC.
"I am still 100% innocent, and the charges have been communicated to my subordinates only," he asserted.
He believes the NACC's delay in its decision, despite being informed by the police since last year, stems from their caution about being used as a tool by officers pressing charges against him.
"I believe the NACC is concerned that police infighting might be the motive, and they do not want to be used as a tool by the police," he added.
Pol Maj Gen Jaroonkiat Pankaew, the deputy commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau, said yesterday that the police are charging Pol Gen Surachate with the wrongful exercise of duties and accepting bribes. These charges are related to the discovery of financial links between Pol Gen Surachate and an illegal online gambling network through at least 4 mule accounts valued at 300 million baht. Pol Maj Gen Jaroonkiat urged the NACC to return the case to the police so they can continue the investigation.
Pol Gen Surachate said today that since Pol Maj Gen Jaroonkiat claimed the case involved money laundering of assets exceeding 300 million baht, the police lack the authority to investigate it, as such cases fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Special Investigation. He warned that investigative officers could face legal consequences for initiating an unauthorized investigation.
"The press conference [by Pol Maj Gen Jaroonkiat] yesterday was intended to pressure the NACC and has dragged the NACC into the conflict," he stated.
Furthermore, he vehemently denied any wrongdoing or connection with illegal online gambling rings.
Thai PBS World Pol Gen Surachate refutes online gambling extortion allegation
Embattled deputy national police chief, Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, called a press conference today to declare his innocence, after he was among five police officers charged by the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) for allegedly extorting money from an illegal online gambling network.
The Nation Amid warring factions, top cop clamps down on actions hurting police image
National Police chief Pol General Torsak Sukvimol on Friday issued an urgent order to all police officers to avoid giving information or interviews to the media that could undermine the image or operations of the Royal Thai Police, or create a condition that would lead to personal benefits.
Thai.News Royal Thai Police Controversy: The Dramatic Dispute between Surachate ‘Big Joke’ Hakparn and Jaroonkiat ‘Big Tao’ Pankaew
In the heart of the bustling and vibrant land of smiles, Thailand, a tale as intriguing as a spicy Thai curry unfolded, leaving everyone on the edge of their seats. On a seemingly ordinary Friday, whispers and murmurings emerged, transforming into a full-blown drama that captured the attention of the nation.
Bangkok Post Officers transferred pending online gambling probe
The national police chief has ordered the transfer of eight officers linked to Suchanun "Minnie" Sucharitchinsri, a woman accused of running an online gambling network, to prevent them from interfering with the case.
Bangkok Post NACC takes over gambling probe involving senior policeman
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has resolved to take over from the police an investigation into the alleged involvement of deputy national police chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn and four other parties in a major online gambling network that was busted earlier.
Bangkok Post Police face arrest over BNKMaster
Warrants have been approved for the arrest of three police officers and a civilian, while a summons has been issued for a high-ranking police officer over accusations of money laundering in connection with an illegal online gambling network.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on March 13th:
Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn filed a defamation complaint against Pol Maj Gen Jaroonkiat Pankaew, the deputy commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau, for accusing him of wrongful exercise of duties and accepting bribes, relating to the ongoing case against Pol Gen Surachate for alleged financial links to an illegal online gambling network.
Pol Gen Surachate's lawyer, Natthakorn Tosakul, said Pol Maj Gen Jaroonkiat discredited the deputy national police chief when he told reporters about the investigation against Pol Gen Surachate on February 22.
Pol Maj Gen Jaroonkiat said on February 22 that the police are seeking to charge Pol Gen Surachate with the wrongful exercise of duties and accepting bribes. These charges are related to the discovery of alleged financial links between Pol Gen Surachate and an illegal online gambling network through at least four mule accounts valued at 300 million baht.
Natthakorn said the details provided by Pol Maj Gen Jaroonkiat should not have been divulged due to the ongoing investigation, and some of the information was inaccurate, further damaging Pol Gen Surachate's reputation.
Regarding the alleged financial links, Natthakorn said Pol Gen Surachate's legal team will conduct a press conference soon to explain them. He also mentioned that Pol Gen Surachate could address all the allegations against him, and their findings involve other financial links to civil servants from various agencies, which will certainly impact them.
Thai PBS World Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn summoned to acknowledge money laundering charges
Enquiry officers from Bangkok’s Thung Song Hong police station have issued a summons for Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, the deputy national police chief, to acknowledge money laundering charges, in connection with the BNKMaster online gambling website, which has been closed by the police and is under investigation.
Bangkok Post Deputy police chief to face gambling-related money-laundering charge
Police have summonsed deputy national police chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn to face a money-laundering charge in connection with alleged online gambling.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on March 17th:
Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn's legal team will hold a press conference on March 19 to expose high-ranking officers who are allegedly linked to an illegal gambling network, according to news reports. This comes after he was officially summoned for money laundering in connection with an online gambling ring.
Pol Gen Surachate received the summons from investigative officers at Thung Song Hong Police Station, with the summoning date set for March 21. National Police Chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukwimon has been informed of this summons, and news reports indicate that he will assign Assistant National Police Chief Pol Lt Gen Kraiboon Suadsong in his capacity as inspector-general to oversee the case against Pol Gen Surachate.
The case is related to the investigation of alleged financial connections between Pol Gen Surachate and an illegal online gambling network, involving at least four mule accounts valued at 300 million baht.
The Nation ‘Big Joke’ not at home to receive summons over money laundering charges
National deputy police chief Pol General Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn was served with a summons to appear in court on Thursday to face money laundering charges.
Bangkok Post Deputy police chief may be suspended over online gambling allegation
National police chief Pol Gen Torsak Suvimol said on Monday that his deputy Surachate Hakparn may be suspended due to a probe into the latter's alleged involvement in an online gambling network and the case would be concluded before the chief's retirement this September.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on March 19th:
Pol Maj Gen Namkiat Teerarojanapon, commander of the Metropolitan Police Bureau’s training center and one of Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn's subordinates, said Pol Gen Surachate's team is being investigated for alleged connections with the "Minnie" illegal online gambling ring because of their investigation against Chon Buri provincial police chief and seven senior police officers for allegedly extorting 140 million baht from online gambling suspects.
Pol Gen Surachate and his team are now being investigated for two cases, including the Minnie case and the BNK Master illegal online gambling website which are connected. The investigation against Pol Gen Surachate on the Minnie case is now being handled by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) while the investigation against Pol Gen Surachate on the BNK Master is being handled by investigators at Taopoon Police Station.
The latest police summonings of Pol Gen Surachate were related to the Minnie case and the BNK Master case even though the two cases shared the same suspects. The BNK Master case came after Pol Gen Surachate argued that the police had no power to investigate him because the NACC already accepted the case against him but the case that the NACC accepted was the Minnie case, not the BNK Master case.
Pol Maj Gen Namkiat did not provide evidence against his claim that he and Pol Gen Surachate's team are being investigated because of their investigation into the 140 million baht extortion case. However, he did say that it was the investigation against a Police Colonel in the case that led to alleged retaliation and the Police Colonel's name has an initial "D" in it.
In June 2023, former Chon Buri provincial police chief, Pol Maj Gen Kamphon Leelaprapaporn, and seven senior police officers were moved to inactive posts for the alleged extortion, pending an investigation that is still ongoing. The seven other officers include Pol Lt Col Narongrit Wasuphan (deputy Chon Buri chief), Pol Lt Col Sathian Ratchapongthai (deputy superintendent at Nong Kham station in Chon Buri), Pol Maj Pornthep Phetnuan (investigation chief at Wang Chan station in Rayong), Pol Col Damrong Onta (superintendent at the Cyber Investigation Bureau), Pol Maj Nakhonrat Nonseelad, Pol Lt Col Pathomphong Meeyu, and Pol Capt Somboon Butdalert.
Pol Maj Gen Namkiat also claimed that there is a financial trail between the curator of the BNK Master website and the family members of a police general whose name has an initial "T" in it and his wife whose name has an initial "K" in it. He did not provide evidence for this claim as well.
Meanwhile, Pol Gen Surachate's legal team continued to deny alleged links between the deputy national police chief and the Minnie online gambling ring, and the BNK Master online gambling website.
They said the 200,000 baht donation to a temple that the investigators said came from the gambling website was actually Pol Gen Surachate's money. They said the 13,100 baht that was claimed to have been used to buy plane tickets for NACC officials that the investigators said came from the gambling website has nothing to do with Pol Gen Surachate because it was one of his subordinates who made the purchase for himself and his family. They also said the alleged three financial trails between Pol Gen Surachate and the BNK Master website do not exist and questioned why the investigators targeted Pol Gen Surachate in this case when there are 31 other financial trails that could lead to other police groups.
They also questioned why there is a need to open a separate case for the BNK Master website when the curator of the website is already a suspect in the Minnie case.
Thai PBS World National police chief refutes claim of foul play in Surachate Hakparn case
Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol, the national police chief, maintains that one of his deputies, Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, is not the victim of persecution or of foul play over the issuance of a summons for him to report to Thung Song Hong police station, to acknowledge money laundering charges related to the BNKMaster online gambling website.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on March 19th:
Pol Maj Gen Namkiat Teerarojanapon, commander of the Metropolitan Police Bureau’s training center and one of Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn's subordinates, said Pol Gen Surachate's team is being investigated for alleged connections with the "Minnie" illegal online gambling ring because of their investigation against Chon Buri provincial police chief and seven senior police officers for allegedly extorting 140 million baht from online gambling suspects.
Pol Gen Surachate and his team are now being investigated for two cases, including the Minnie case and the BNK Master illegal online gambling website which are connected. The investigation against Pol Gen Surachate on the Minnie case is now being handled by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) while the investigation against Pol Gen Surachate on the BNK Master is being handled by investigators at Taopoon Police Station.
The latest police summonings of Pol Gen Surachate were related to the Minnie case and the BNK Master case even though the two cases shared the same suspects. The BNK Master case came after Pol Gen Surachate argued that the police had no power to investigate him because the NACC already accepted the case against him but the case that the NACC accepted was the Minnie case, not the BNK Master case.
Pol Maj Gen Namkiat did not provide evidence against his claim that he and Pol Gen Surachate's team are being investigated because of their investigation into the 140 million baht extortion case. However, he did say that it was the investigation against a Police Colonel in the case that led to alleged retaliation and the Police Colonel's name has an initial "D" in it.
In June 2023, former Chon Buri provincial police chief, Pol Maj Gen Kamphon Leelaprapaporn, and seven senior police officers were moved to inactive posts for the alleged extortion, pending an investigation that is still ongoing. The seven other officers include Pol Lt Col Narongrit Wasuphan (deputy Chon Buri chief), Pol Lt Col Sathian Ratchapongthai (deputy superintendent at Nong Kham station in Chon Buri), Pol Maj Pornthep Phetnuan (investigation chief at Wang Chan station in Rayong), Pol Col Damrong Onta (superintendent at the Cyber Investigation Bureau), Pol Maj Nakhonrat Nonseelad, Pol Lt Col Pathomphong Meeyu, and Pol Capt Somboon Butdalert.
Pol Maj Gen Namkiat also claimed that there is a financial trail between the curator of the BNK Master website and the family members of a police general whose name has an initial "T" in it and his wife whose name has an initial "K" in it. He did not provide evidence for this claim as well.
Meanwhile, Pol Gen Surachate's legal team continued to deny alleged links between the deputy national police chief and the Minnie online gambling ring, and the BNK Master online gambling website.
They said the 200,000 baht donation to a temple that the investigators said came from the gambling website was actually Pol Gen Surachate's money. They said the 13,100 baht that was claimed to have been used to buy plane tickets for NACC officials that the investigators said came from the gambling website has nothing to do with Pol Gen Surachate because it was one of his subordinates who made the purchase for himself and his family. They also said the alleged three financial trails between Pol Gen Surachate and the BNK Master website do not exist and questioned why the investigators targeted Pol Gen Surachate in this case when there are 31 other financial trails that could lead to other police groups.
They also questioned why there is a need to open a separate case for the BNK Master website when the curator of the website is already a suspect in the Minnie case.
Update:
National Police Chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol stated that Pol Maj Gen Namkiat and Pol Gen Surachate's legal team should present evidence against the more than 30 police officers, including high-ranking officers, allegedly linked to online gambling rings, instead of merely providing initials of their names.
Pol Gen Torsak also announced an investigation into the claim that Pol Gen Surachate and his team are being targeted for their investigations, while no inquiries are being conducted regarding financial transactions that could implicate other police groups.
Regarding the claim that Pol Gen Surachate and his team are being targeted due to their investigation into the 140 million baht extortion case involving other police officers, Pol Gen Torsak asserted that the two cases are unrelated. He expressed confidence that such practices do not occur under his command.
Pol Gen Torsak emphasized that if evidence is provided, investigations into the officers will be conducted. However, he criticized the public airing of such claims without substantiating evidence, stating that it has already brought disgrace to the entire Royal Thai Police.
Bangkok Post Police chief hands all 'Big Joke' cases over to NACC
National police chief Torsak Sukvimol said on Wednesday he is handing all legal cases involving his deputy Surachate Hakparn over to the National Anti-Corruption Commission, hoping to end the impression of conflict within the Royal Thai Police Office.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on March 20th:
National Police chief Torsak Sukvimol and Deputy police chief Surachat Hakparn have been transferred to inactive posts at the PM's Office.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on March 20th:
National Police Chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol and Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn have been transferred to inactive posts at the Office of the Prime Minister as per the instruction of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, according to news reports.
According to the reports, Pol Gen Kittirat Phanphet will assume the acting national police chief position.
Update:
This development occurred after Pol Gen Torsak and Pol Gen Surachate held a joint press conference following their meeting with Srettha, stating that the internal conflict within the Royal Thai Police has been resolved.
Pol Gen Torsak mentioned that cases involving police officers accused of malfeasance, bribery, extortion, and money laundering in connection with online gambling rings, reportedly involving around 30-40 officers across various ongoing cases, will be investigated by the National Anti-Corruption Commission.
Pol Gen Surachate emphasized the urgency of swiftly resolving the conflict to enable active officers to resume their duties. Additionally, Pol Gen Torsak refuted the existence of any significant conflict initially.
These statements were prompted by remarks made yesterday by Pol Maj Gen Namkiat Teerarojanapon, commander of the Metropolitan Police Bureau’s training center and one of Pol Gen Surachate's subordinates. He suggested that Pol Gen Surachate's team is under investigation for alleged connections with the "Minnie" illegal online gambling ring due to their inquiry into the alleged extortion of 140 million baht from online gambling suspects by the Chon Buri provincial police chief and seven senior police officers. All such allegations and related cases will now be reviewed by the NACC.
Both the Royal Thai Police and the PM Office have yet to confirm news reports regarding the transfer of both Pol Gen Torsak and Pol Gen Surachate to inactive posts.
Update:
Prime Minister Srettha has confirmed that both Pol Gen Torsak "Big Tor" Sukvimol and Pol Gen Surachate "Big Joke" Hakparn have been transferred to inactive posts at the Office of the Prime Minister.
The transfer will be temporary, lasting around two months, pending investigations into allegations against them.
Additionally, a source has confirmed that Pol Gen Kittirat "Big Tai" Phanphet will assume the acting national police chief position.
Both Pol Gen Surachate and Pol Gen Kittirat are candidates for the National Police Chief position, as Pol Gen Torsak is set to retire in around six months' time.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on March 20th:
Pol Gen Kittirat Panphet, Deputy Police Chief, has confirmed PM Srettha has issued an order for Pol Gen Torsak Sukwimon, Police Chief, & Pol Gen Surachet Hakphan, Deputy Pol Chief, to temporarily transfer to the PM's Office and appoint him as acting Police Chief.
The order comes as two police chiefs have been at odds over their investigations into online gambling, which they may be involved in.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on March 21st:
There is no guarantee that National Police Chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol and Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn will be back from suspension, as their return to active duty will depend on ongoing investigations into the allegations against them, said Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin after chairing a meeting with the Royal Thai Police.
He said it could be 30 days, 60 days, or faster and added that he wanted society to rest assured that no one would be able to interfere with the justice process. Srettha was accompanied by Pol Gen Kittirat "Big Tai" Phanphet, acting national police chief, at the press conference.
Pol Gen Torsak and Pol Gen Surachate were transferred to inactive posts at the Office of the Prime Minister yesterday. This came after Pol Maj Gen Namkiat Teerarojanapon, commander of the Metropolitan Police Bureau’s training center and one of Pol Gen Surachate's subordinates, publicly claimed that Pol Gen Surachate's team is under investigation for alleged connections with the "Minnie" illegal online gambling ring due to their inquiry into the alleged extortion of 140 million baht from online gambling suspects by high-ranking officers in Chonburi.
Pol Gen Surachate's legal team also claims that there are other financial trails that lead to 30 more officers, but Pol Gen Surachate's team was targeted because the investigators wanted to discredit him. Pol Maj Gen Namkiat also claimed that there is a financial trail between the curator of an illegal online website and the family members of a police general whose name has an initial "T" in it and his wife whose name has an initial "K" in it.
Pol Gen Torsak then told reporters afterward that Pol Maj Gen Namkiat and Pol Gen Surachate's legal team should present evidence for their accusations instead of merely providing initials of their names. After Pol Gen Torsak's comments to the press, Srettha has decided to suspend both Pol Gen Torsak and Pol Gen Surachate.
All investigations against Pol Gen Surachate will now be handled by the National Anti-Corruption Commission, and a police committee has been set up by Srettha to look into other allegations made by Pol Maj Gen Namkiat and Pol Gen Surachate's legal team.
Bangkok Post PM shunts feuding police pair
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has ordered the transfer of national police chief Torsak Sukvimol and his deputy Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn to work at the Prime Minister's Office in the wake of a conflict within the Royal Thai Police (RTP).
Bangkok Post Handling a police feud
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin deserves praise for promptly transferring two high-ranking police officers -- national police chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol and his deputy Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn -- to inactive posts at Government House.
Thai PBS World PM gags senior police officers over online gambling conflict
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin today ordered senior police officers to stop talking or giving news to the media about the BNKMaster online gambling case, in an effort to ease tensions within the police service while the case is being considered by an ad hoc fact-finding committee.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on March 22nd:
Tao Poon Police Station didn't receive the memo, as they have issued another summons for Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn. He is accused of malfeasance, bribery, and money laundering in connection with financial trials involving him, the "Minnie" illegal online gambling ring, and the BNK Master illegal online gambling website.
The latest summons for Big Joke is related to the BNK Master case, which the police are handling, while the Minnie case is being dealt with by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).
The latest summons came as a surprise since both Pol Gen Surachate and National Police Chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol stated on Wednesday that all cases against Pol Gen Surachate would now be handled by the NACC.
This latest summons is the second in the same case, as Pol Gen Surachate failed to appear at the first summons yesterday. However, the police officers in charge of delivering the summons to Pol Gen Surachate could not find anyone to receive it when they arrived at his house, as he had left before their arrival and no one else was home.
According to news reports, Pol Gen Surachate stated that he is on a leave of absence for a personal visit to Nong Khai and will travel to the UK with his family on March 26 before returning to Thailand on April 1, when his legal team will hold another press conference.
Khaosod reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on March 22nd:
Tao Poon police successfully delivered a summon letter to former Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, SKA "Big Joke", by leaving it at his house Fri but Surachate wasn't at home. Reporters saw Surachate's car leaving just minutes before Tao Poon police arrived.
Surachate who is accused of money laundering in relation to an online gambling business is on leave and will be travelling to the UK according, to a source, on March 26, and return on April 1.
Khaosod reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on March 22nd:
PM Srettha says Fri the press should stop fixating on the alleged feud between former Police Chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol and ex deputy chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, who’s facing a charge of money laundering, now that both have been transferred to inactive post.
The Nation Sidelined deputy police chief gets 2nd summons to hear charges on March 26
A second summons notice was posted at a Bangkok house of embattled deputy National Police chief Pol General Surachate Hakparn on Friday for him to hear money-laundering charges against him next Tuesday (March 26).
Bangkok Post Arrest warrant threat for "Big Joke"
Police are considering seeking an arrest warrant against deputy national police chief Surachate "Big Joke" Hakparn should he fail to respond to a summons submitted for the second time on Friday at his home addresses and current workplace.
Bangkok Post Srettha vows to resolve gambling case
Justice will be done to resolve the conflict between two high-ranking police officers over alleged bribes tied to an illegal online gambling network, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said on Wednesday.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on March 28th:
The police have issued a third summons warrant for suspended Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, according to news reports.
Pol Gen Surachate is accused of malfeasance, bribery, and money laundering in connection with financial trials involving him, the "Minnie" illegal online gambling ring, and the BNK Master illegal online gambling website.
The latest summons for Big Joke is related to the BNK Master case, which the police are handling, while the Minnie case is being dealt with by the National Anti-Corruption Commission.
Pol Gen Surachate has failed to show up for the two previous summonses, and if he fails to report to the Metropolitan Police Division 2 for the third summons on April 1, an arrest warrant could be issued for the suspended deputy national police chief.
The Nation Surachate could be arrested if he did not report to police before April 1
Deputy National Police chief Pol General Surachate Hakparn would face arrest if he did not report himself to police investigators by April 1 to hear money-laundering charges against him, an informed source said on Thursday.
Bangkok Post Top cop sues over allegations
Temporarily transferred national police chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol has sued high-profile lawyer Sittra Biabungkerd for defamation for accusing him of being involved in taking bribes from illegal businesses.
The Nation Sittra claims he has evidence proving ‘money mules’ shifted funds to Torsak’s wife
Celebrity lawyer Sittra Biabungkerd declared on Saturday that he will file a police complaint against the National Police chief and his wife for their alleged role in money laundering.
Bangkok Post MFP to receive online gambling dossier on police chief
Well-known lawyer Sittra Biabungkerd is scheduled to submit information to the Move Forward Party (MFP) on Monday about alleged bribery involving online gambling networks, national police chief Torsak Sukvimol and his wife.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 1st:
Lawyer Sittha Biabangkerd has officially filed a police report against suspended National Police Chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol, accusing him and his wife of money laundering.
The evidence includes financial trails from an alleged police bribery ring, including two alleged mule accounts that could be linked to Pol Gen Torsak and his wife.
Sittha had earlier handed this set of evidence to the police's anti-corruption division, and today he is filing a police report and handing in the evidence to the Tao Poon Police Station. He said he would later provide an official statement to the police, and his investigator would also provide a statement as a witness in the case. He added that he would hand the evidence to all related agencies if possible, with the next step being the Parliament's committee on police affairs.
He also said he has yet to file a negligence complaint against Pol Gen Torsak.
Lawyer Sittha had previously accused Pol Gen Torsak, his subordinates, and dozens of other officers of accepting monthly bribes worth 100 million baht from at least 18 groups of businesses. He asserted that Pol Gen Torsak had full control over at least two mule accounts that had been receiving the bribe money.
Pol Gen Torsak's legal team had previously filed a 5 million baht lawsuit against Lawyer Sittha, accusing him of defaming the suspended National Police Chief's reputation. However, the lawsuit was dropped by the legal team less than 24 hours later on March 30, citing their willingness to fight the case without the defamation lawsuit hanging in the background, especially since Lawyer Sittha indicated he would file an official police report today.
Bangkok Post Complaint filed against police chief Torsak
Lawyer Sittra Biabungkerd on Monday filed a police complaint against national police chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol and his wife, and the owners of two mule accounts, accusing them of money laundering.
Bangkok Post RTP ructions 'won't result in reforms'
Police reform still looks a distant prospect as internal rifts, scandals and political inference continue to beset the Royal Thai Police (RTP), according to observers.
Khaosod reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 2nd:
The Criminal Court on Tues issues an arrest warrant against ex Deputy Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, AKA "Big Joke", aft he failed to answer to police summons thrice for charge of money laundering related to online gambling business. It's unclear where he is.
Khaosod reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 2nd:
Deputy Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, AKA "Big Joke", turns himself in Tuesday evening after the Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant following his failure to answer to police summons thrice for charge of money laundering related to online gambling business.
Khaosod reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 2nd:
Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, AKA "Big Joke," turned himself in at Bangkok's Tao Poon police station Tues evening. The Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant aft he failed to respond to 3 summonses for money laundering related to online gambling.
The questioning process took over an hour. When he was granted bail & when departing he was asked about the rumour that he denied fingerprinting, Surachet replied, "I followed normal procedures.
He also stated that as long as the court has not given a verdict, he is still considered innocent.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 2nd:
The Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Police Lieutenant General Surachate Hakparn after three summonses were issued and not responded to.
The request for the arrest warrant was made by the investigative officers of the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) on April 2nd at the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Road.
The warrant accuses Lt. Gen. Surachate of conspiring to commit crimes, money laundering, and being a public officer involved in money laundering, under the Anti-Money Laundering Act
According to news reports, Pol Gen Surachate already turned himself in at Tao Poon Police Station.
Thai PBS World Arrest warrant issued for Pol Gen Surachate on money laundering charges
The Ratchadapisek Criminal Court issued a warrant this afternoon for the arrest of Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, the deputy national police chief, on the grounds that there is sufficient evidence that he was involved in money laundering in connection with an online gambling platform and attempted to dodge summonses issued by police investigators.
Bangkok Post ‘Big Joke’ turns himself in
Deputy national police chief Surachate Hakparn turned himself in to police to answer charges of money laundering, just hours after after investigators obtained a warrant for his arrest on Tuesday.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 2nd:
Suspended Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn was granted bail.
He was charged with money laundering. He would not divulge his plea. He said he is still innocent under the presumption of innocence. He said he is willing to fight the case and let justice run its course.
He was accused by Pol Maj Gen Jaroonkiat Pankaew, the deputy commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau, in connection with alleged financial ties between an illegal online gambling ring and the suspended Deputy National Police Chief.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 3rd:
Lawyer Sittha Biabangkerd submitted evidence, including financial trials from an alleged police bribery ring, to high-ranking police officers on the police's complaint committee. This evidence was received by Pol Lt-Gen Sorasak Yenprem, the head of the committee.
Additionally, Lawyer Sittha submitted the evidence to the main opposition Move Forward Party today.
Earlier, the lawyer had filed a police report against suspended National Police Chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol at the Taopoon Police Station, accusing him and his wife of money laundering. He also handed in the same set of evidence against POl Gen Torsak to the police's anti-corruption division, which was received by Pol Maj Gen Jaroonkiat Pankaew, the deputy commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau.
Pol Lt Gen Rewat Klinkesorn, former commissioner of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, who was also present when Sittha handed in the evidence to the police's complaint committee, said the committee was not appointed by the Royal Thai Police and they are independent from the national police force. If found guilty, the implicated officers could be fired from the force, he added.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 3rd:
Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn will not be suspended from police duty, for now, said Pol Gen Kittirat "Big Tai" Phanphet, acting national police chief.
Pol Gen Surachate was moved to inactive duty at the PM's Office following instructions from Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. This means that he has been suspended from the Deputy National Police Chief position, but not from police duty, and he is still receiving his full wage and welfare.
Pol Gen Kittirat explained that there are procedures that need to be followed, and the national police HQ has yet to receive reports about the allegations against Pol Gen Surachate, as the investigative officers are still probing the accusations.
Pol Gen Surachate was accused of money laundering in connection with alleged financial transactions from an illegal online gambling network that allegedly involved him and his subordinates. An arrest warrant has been issued for him after he failed to comply with three previous summoning warrants. He turned himself in after the Criminal Court approved the arrest warrant, and he was granted bail yesterday.
Pol Gen Kittirat said that, apart from the reports from the investigative officers, the national police HQ is also waiting for a statement from Pol Gen Surachate regarding the allegations against him. After these reports come in, they will be compiled by the criminal division before being forwarded to him to consider what measures should be implemented. The disciplinary division will also need to provide their opinion before any disciplinary actions can be decided upon.
When asked how long the special investigation committee, set up by the prime minister to look into allegations against Pol Gen Surachate and suspended National Police Chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol, has before they have to present their findings, Pol Gen Kittirat said they have 60 days but they could request extensions.
Bangkok Post "Big Joke" avoids suspension for now
Deputy national police chief, Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, has not been suspended yet as the Royal Thai Police needs to set up a committee to probe the allegations against him first, the acting national police chief said.
Khaosod reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 5th:
Initial investigation suggests ex Deputy Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn is guilty of money laundering related to online gambling business, said Pol Gen Winai Songthong, a member of investigation committee. He adds the results was arrived aft interrogating 30 people.
Thai Examiner Big Joke urged to resign by pundit Jatuporn Prompan after arrest warrant and guilty finding by PM’s panel
Big Joke urged to resign amid scandal that has enveloped him. Pundit Jatuporn Prompan advises a career shift after preliminary guilty finding by the PM’s panel and an arrest warrant. Thailand’s top cop faces dire career prospects as an extended legal battle looms. Further shocking revelations in the Royal Thai Police corruption saga expected as activist lawyer Sittra Biebangkerd digs further.
Thai PBS World Surachate Hakparn: The rollercoaster career of Thailand’s most famous policeman
Deputy National Police chief Pol General Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn sounds surprisingly cheerful given that his high-flying career has just plunged into another crisis.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 17th:
Suspended Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn has requested an additional 10 days to prepare a statement regarding his money laundering case.
Pol Gen Surachate is accused of accepting bribes and involvement in money laundering linked to the Minnie illegal online gambling ring, currently under investigation by the National Anti-Corruption Commission. Additionally, he is implicated in the BNK Master illegal online gambling website, a case being handled by the police, though the two investigations are connected.
Pol Gen Surachate failed to comply with three summonses for the BNK Master case before an arrest warrant was issued, leading to his surrender on April 2. He was subsequently granted bail but was expected to provide his statement to the police today. However, he requested more time to gather evidence in support of his statement. His request was granted, and his next reporting date to the police is scheduled for April 27.
Khaosod reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 18th:
Ex Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn has been suspended from the police force Thurs. Order was signed by caretaker Police Chief Pol Gen Kittirat Panpetch aft he met PM Srettha.
Surachate was charged with money laundering related to online gambling.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 18th:
Suspended Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, who was serving in an inactive post at the PM's Office, has reportedly been fully suspended from the police force, as per news reports.
Additionally, four of his subordinates have also been suspended from the police force. They are:
- Pol Col Kittichai Sangkhathaworn
- Pol Lt Gen Krit Pariyaket
- Pol Sgt Natthawut Wadwaew
- Pol Sgt Natthanan Chuchak
Pol Gen Surachate is facing allegations of accepting bribes and involvement in money laundering related to the Minnie illegal online gambling ring, which is currently under investigation by the National Anti-Corruption Commission. Moreover, he is implicated in the BNK Master illegal online gambling website, which is a case being handled by the police. These two investigations are believed to be interconnected.
Khaosod reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 19th:
The Southerners Assoc issues a statement opposition the decision to suspend former Deputy Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn from police service yest aft he was charged with money laundering related to online gambling.
The association, in which Surachate is president, said he should be assumed innocent until proven otherwise by the court.
This is a developing story: We'll give updates on the situation as we learn more.
Bangkok Post Forensic officer charged over Vorayuth speed data
A former senior prosecutor for the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) has filed a lawsuit against a former forensic officer who changed the recorded speed of the infamous hit-and-run case of Red Bull scion Vorayuth
Bangkok Post Cops on the brink
A report about a female police officer suffering from depression induced by boot camp-style work training is a red flag suggesting officers may be in need of professional help despite how tough they might seem.
Bangkok Post "Bribe gang" linked to cops
A lawyer has exposed a gang with police links that allegedly collects bribes, acquiring 100 million baht in kickbacks each month.
Khaosod Taiwanese Businessman Is Detained for Hiring Thai Hitmen To Kill His Son and Wife
A Taiwanese businessman was arrested in Bangkok as a suspect who hired gunmen to kill his own son, his wife, and his son’s lawyer with wages as high as 500,000 baht per person due to family business conflicts.
The Nation reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on March 28th:
A legal team of Police Commissioner-General Pol General Torsak Sukvimol will file defamation lawsuits against a celebrity lawyer in the Criminal Court on Friday for allegedly linking the police chief to collecting massive bribes.
Bangkok Post 90 held as Chinese-led scam gang busted in South
Police have arrested 90 alleged scammers, including 55 Chinese nationals, during raids on eight locations in Chawang district of this southern province.
Khaosod reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on March 30th:
Police raided a karaoke bar in Phuket last night aft an officer posed himself as a customer to buy sex from an underage girl for 3K bt plus 400 baht for the middleman. They found 2 girls, 13 & 14. Saphawan Mas-osit, 39, admits to selling underage girls for sex.
Bangkok Post Police nab 5 for fraud, e-cigs and drugs
Five foreigners were arrested this week in four separate cases involving call centre scams, e-cigarette sales and narcotics, Pol Maj Gen Panthana Nuchanart, deputy head of the Immigration Bureau (IB), said.
Khaosod Thai Authorities Suppress a Large Chinese Call Center Gang
On March 29, Thai officials reported the taking down of a huge Chinese call center gang in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, which had been illegally established to defraud Thais and Chinese citizens. Officers arrested 90 people and seized computers and other devices.
Bangkok Post Anti-Corruption Commission eyes more asset disclosure
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is looking to propose that officials from the Revenue Department, Excise Department, and Royal Thai Police (RTP) be required to report their assets in the interests of enhanced transparency.
Prachatai 67 Yellow Shirt protesters cleared over 2008 airport protest
The court has dropped all charges against another 67 anti-government protesters who were involved in a shutdown of Bangkok’s two main airports in 2008, citing that the protest was considered a peaceful assembly.
Bangkok Post Two foreign yoga teachers arrested in Koh Phangan
Two foreign nationals providing courses for a well-known yoga school on Koh Phangan for 9,000 baht per head have been arrested for working without work permits.
Khaosod 15 Burmese Masseurs Arrested for Working Illegally
Police on Saturday raided a massage parlor inside a Lat Phrao mall where they arrested 15 foreign nationals.
Khaosod German and Canadian Are Arrested Teaching Shaolin Course in Koh Phangan
Tourist Police, the Koh Phangan District Administrative Officer, and Immigration Police arrested Mr. Somphet, 37, of German nationality, and Ms.Arbely Natalie, 34, of Canadian nationality, at Samma Karuna, Village No. 8, Koh Phangan Subdistrict, Koh Phangan District, Surat Thani Province. They were charged with working without a permit.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 1st:
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has instructed the cyber police to prosecute major suspects within 30 days.
Srettha said cybercrimes, including illegal online gambling, scams, and fake news, are rampant, impacting not only the victims but also national stability.
He urged the cyber police to prioritize the apprehension of significant culprits, regardless of their status, and to remain undeterred by any political interference in their investigations.
According to the Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau, cybercrime has caused damage worth 6.76 billion baht from 53,179 cases between November and mid-January. In 2023, cybercrimes resulted in losses worth 20 billion baht in over 185,000 cases.
BBC News Wanted man Richard Burrows, 80, arrested after 27 years on run
An 80-year-old man who has been on the run for almost three decades has been arrested after returning to the UK from Thailand, police have said.
Khaosod Two British Are Arrested for Working in Krabi Nightlife Venue
On April 2, immigration officials from Krabi Province, along with police officers from Krabi Provincial Police Station and Ao Nang Police Station, conducted an inspection of entertainment venues in the Ao Nang Subdistrict, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi Province.
Bangkok Post Phuket police find bogus firms processing visa applications
Police raided eight locations in this southern island province on Wednesday and Thursday, suspecting a Russian of money laundering and some Thais of setting up bogus firms to facilitate foreigners' visa and work permit applications.
Khaosod 2 Tour Operators Ordered Close Over Use of Thai Nominees
Two tour operators were ordered shut down on suspicion of acting as nominees for foreign businesses, tourism authorities said Thursday.
Khaosod Police Raid Many Nominee Companies in Phuket That Belong to Russians
Following an investigation, it was revealed that foreigners had illegally entered Thailand to work or conduct business by using nominees. Officers from Provincial Police Region 8, directed by Police Lieutenant General Suraphong Thanomchit, entered and searched suspicious places alongside members of the Phuket Provincial Administration, Commerce Department, Tourist Police, and Phuket Immigration Police.
Bangkok Post Phuket task force files 400 cases against foreigners
At least 400 criminal cases have been filed against foreigners by the province’s new special task force set up to watch out for bad behaviour by visitors, according to Phuket governor Sophon Suwannarat.
Bangkok Post 110kg of crystal meth seized at Bangkok hotel
Police seized 110 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine along with other drugs and arrested two smugglers at a hotel in Bangkok on Thursday.
Bangkok Post Move Forward Party demands action on call centre gangs
The opposition Move Forward Party (MFP) accused the government yesterday of failing to honour its promise to stamp out call centre gangs operating on the other side of the Thai-Myanmar border - a growing threat to Thailand and other countries.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 5th:
Thailand's National Human Rights Commission declared the involvement of Thai authorities in deploying the controversial Pegasus spyware as "undeniable," challenging repeated denials by state officials. This acknowledgment shines a spotlight on the kingdom's intricate history of surveillance and its impact on political activism.
Pegasus, a powerful surveillance tool developed by the Israeli firm NSO Group, is capable of infiltrating smartphones to extract data and monitor users in real-time. Its deployment across the globe has sparked international debates on privacy and human rights, with Thailand now at the center of such discussions.
The Commission's statement underscores a broader narrative of Thailand's complex relationship with surveillance and political dissent. The country has seen its share of internal strife, from military coups to vibrant protests demanding democratic reforms. Activists and political opponents have often found themselves under scrutiny, with allegations of surveillance and harassment not uncommon.
The call from the National Human Rights Commission for stringent regulations against unlawful surveillance marks a critical juncture in Thailand's ongoing dialogue on privacy rights and state accountability. As the international community watches, the resolution of this issue may set a precedent for how nations balance national security with the fundamental rights of their citizens.
Bangkok Post Kazakh woman arrested for selling sex on Samui
A Kazakh woman overstaying her visa has been arrested on Koh Samui on charges of offering sex services online.
Khaosod A German Overstayer Arrested With Axe Threat to Phuket Police
Police officers from Phuket's Chalong Police Station received a report of a foreign man frequently using knives and an axe to threaten neighbours and the public in Soi Naya, Village No. 1, Rawai Subdistrict, Chalong District, who is deemed dangerous to society and the general public. So they went to inspect on April 5.
Bangkok Post Indian man arrested for loan-sharking
An Indian national found overstaying his visa by more than 5 years has been arrested in Bangkok for providing illegal loans with a monthly interest rate of 20%.
Bangkok Post Police inspector among gamblers arrested in Phuket
Thirty-two gamblers were arrested during a police raid on a gambling den in downtown Muang district of Phuket on Friday, with reports suggesting that a police inspector was among those caught in the act.
Bangkok Post Five held in Chiang Mai online gambling raids
Five alleged administrators of a major online gambling network with over 50 million baht in monthly turnover have been arrested in the northern province of Chiang Mai
Bangkok Post Veteran young criminals arrested
Bangkok police on Monday arrested members of a youth gang in Nong Chok district on criminal charges including attempted murder, assault and owning and selling illicit drugs and guns.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 9th:
The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases has sentenced 15 police officers to 1.4-2 years in jail for negligence in the killing of Pol Maj Sivakorn Saibua at the subdistrict headman Praween 'Kamnan Nok' Chankhlai's house in September 2023.
Most of the officers who were sentenced to jail were charged with negligence for attending the party at Kamnan Nok's house, failing to stop the killing, and apprehending the suspects after the incident. Some were accused of assisting Kamnan Nok's staff in hiding evidence, including the murder weapon and CCTV footage, cleaning blood splatters before investigators arrived at the scene of the shooting, and aiding the shooter in escaping.
In addition to the 15 officers, 3 received a 2-year suspended sentence, and one was acquitted. Three of Kamnan Nok's staff were also sentenced to jail, while 3 received suspended sentences for their role as accomplices in the officers' wrongdoing.
The shooter, Thananchai Manmak, who was Kamnan Nok's right-hand man, had already been killed during a shootout with the police in September 2023.
The highest-ranking officer sentenced to jail was Pol Maj Kiatisak Somsuk, investigative inspector of Krathum Baen district.
Kamnan Nok also received a 2-year jail sentence for his role as an accomplice in the officers' wrongdoing. He was also charged as an accomplice in the murder, with the verdict in his murder case yet to be delivered.
Bangkok Post 15 police, 7 civilians jailed over dinner party-murder
The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases has sentenced 15 policemen and seven civilians to prison in connection with the murder of a highway policeman during a dinner party at the home of an influential kamnan last year.
The Nation Corruption court finds 15 police guilty of dereliction of duty in cop killing
The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases found 15 police officers guilty of dereliction of duty for failing to help a highway police officer when he was fatally shot in Nakhon Pathom last year.
Thai PBS World Two Estonians fined for smoking on Finnair flight into Bangkok
Two Estonian siblings were arrested and fined at Suvarnabhumi International Airport today after they were found smoking on a flight, despite cabin crew telling them that it is illegal.
The Thaiger British tourist smashes up Bangkok 7-Eleven
Thai police arrested a young British man for destroying property at a 7-Eleven convenience store in the Pathumwan district of Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday at 3am.
Thai PBS World Thailand maintains neutral stand over conflict in Myanmar
Thailand is committed to remaining neutral concerning, what is in effect, a civil war in Myanmar, and will help as required restore peace in the country, said Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara today.
Thai PBS World Son of Spanish actor goes on trial over Thai island murder
The murder trial of a famous Spanish actor’s son opened Tuesday on a popular Thai tourist island, where he will face charges of killing another foreigner.
Bangkok Post Mobile banking fraudsters targeted thousands at malls
Police arrested two Hong Kong men at Siam Paragon on Tuesday evening, saying they sent short messages with fraudulent links to steal money from mobile banking accounts of phone users at Bangkok shopping malls.
The Nation Pair from Hong Kong arrested in Bangkok mall with tool for sending fake SMS messages
Police have arrested two men from Hong Kong with a sophisticated mobile tool for sending fake SMS (short message service) text messages to deceive victims into clicking malicious links.
Khaosod Filipino Couple Held for Smuggling Thai Cannabis to the Philippines
Dried cannabis is still illegal in the Philippines, so the profit from shipping cannabis from Thailand to Manila is very high.
Bangkok Post Thai woman stabbed to death in London
Police in London are facing public criticism of their slow response to calls from worried friends of a 27-year-old Thai woman who was found stabbed to death in her home in a £4-million property in Westminster.
Thai PBS World Hong Kong-Thai woman stabbed to death in her luxurious house in London
London’s Metropolitan Police have launched a manhunt for the person who stabbed to death a 27-year-old Hong Kong-Thai woman in her expensive property on the edge of Hyde Park in the capital.
Bangkok Post Illegal overseas worker kills daughter, 10
A former illegal overseas migrant worker has been placed on suicide watch after being arrested for killing his 10-year-old daughter at a resort in Uttaradit, the provincial police said on Thursday.
Bangkok Post Minister warns against ‘lobbying’ in beach bully case
Interior Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has ordered the Phuket governor not to allow lobbying in an assault case involving a Swiss man, amid reports that the complainant had been approached about withdrawing her case.
Khaosod New Zealand Officers Help Thai Police Arrest a Visa-Forgery Company
The "SAVING GOOD MAN" operation to take down a gang that produces fraudulent documents for visa applications to New Zealand and other Western countries.
Bangkok Post Scam gang ‘on the move’
Police and customs officers in Chiang Rai have seized a large quantity of high-tech equipment believed to belong to a transnational call centre scam gang.
Bangkok Post Couple arrested for selling rare animals
Police arrested a man and his wife at their house on Friday on charges of possessing protected animals including snakes and doves without authorisation and selling them online.
Khaosod A Korean Group Is Caught Stealing Gold Necklace From Songkran Participants in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai police arrest foreign gang robbing people who played in the Songkran water around the Chiang Mai moat.
Thai PBS World Army officer on holiday in Pattani shot dead by insurgents
An army officer, on his Songkran break visiting his family in the southern province of Pattani, was shot dead by insurgents in front of his family home in Panare district on Saturday.
Daily Mail UK British backpacker found dead on Thailand's notorious 'Death Island'
Theo Bailey, believed to be 31, joined his long-term girlfriend of 10 years Chantal Xerri, 27, for a night out with other travellers on Koh Tao last month.
There were no reports of this "accident" in the Thai media, although there have been similar incidents on the island in recent years.
Bangkok Post Cops up ante on foreign criminals
Authorities are ramping up their crackdown on foreign criminals who arrive in the guise of tourists and use Thailand as their base for committing crimes.
The Nation Foreign couple filch 1m baht gold bracelet
Police are hunting for an East Asian couple who used mobile phones to pull off the distraction theft of a 1-million-baht gold bracelet under the eyes of staff at a prestigious Bangkok mall on Tuesday.
Khaosod Chinese Couple Departs Thailand After Stealing a Diamond Bracelet in 4 Minutes
According to police, the Chinese woman and man who stole a diamond and gold bracelet worth 1.04 million baht (28,245 USD) from a downtown Bangkok jewelry store have already left Thailand.
Khaosod Kanchanaburi Police Arrest Indian Man Who Killed Thai Lover in Bangkok
Police investigators sought an Indian man suspected of murdering a Thai woman in a Bangkok hotel before fleeing to Kanchanaburi Province in the western region bordering Myanmar. He was eventually arrested there.
The Nation ‘Connected’ driver fails breathalyser after smashing barricade
Officials of Traffic Police Division 5 arrested a 46-year-old man after he drove his sports car into the steel barricades of a police checkpoint near the entrance to Soi Ratchadaphisek 31 in Bangkok’s Chatuchak district on Thursday night.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 19th:
The son of a deputy minister, who crashed his BMW and was arrested for drunk driving, has been sentenced to a 2-month suspended jail term and fined 4,000 baht by the Bangkok North Municipal Court. Additionally, his license has been suspended for 6 months, and he must complete 12 hours of community service.
Pol Col Sanya Ubonwirattana, the commander of Prachachuen Police Station, stated that the individual, whose name was not disclosed in the news, confessed to all charges, including drunk driving and failure to cooperate with traffic police officers.
Last night, the 46-year-old failed to stop at a police checkpoint near the entrance to Soi Ratchadaphisek 31, attempted to drive through it, and subsequently crashed into steel barriers. Upon stopping, he refused to use a breathalyzer. Consequently, officers administered a non-contact breathalyzer test, which revealed his blood alcohol content to be 183 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood.
Deputy Health Minister Santi Promphat of the Palang Pracharath Party stated that he was unaware of news reports indicating that the 46-year-old driver was his son.
Santi said during a TV program that he had just learned of the news when contacted by Channel 3. He clarified that he does not reside with his son and intended to reach out to him later.
When asked how he would support his son in this legal matter as a father, he emphasized the importance of respecting the law. Santi also expressed gratitude to the authorities for intervening to prevent his son from continuing to drive.
The Nation Drunk driving, crashing into police barricade lands minister’s son in trouble
The son of Deputy Public Health Minister Santi Promphat was slapped with four months in jail and an 8,000 baht fine for driving under the influence, the Office of the Attorney-General said on Friday.
Khaosod French Woman Arrested for Kidnap Plot Targeting Thai Business Mogul's Daughter
Thai police announced on April 19 the arrest of Miss Sandra Christina Marie Diersten, a 45-year-old French woman, on suspicion of leading a group of foreigners in a plot to rob and kidnap the 7-year-old daughter of a wealthy Thai businesswoman.
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