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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.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 22nd:
Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, leader of the Palang Pracharath Party and a list MP, denied any knowledge of alleged misconduct by a current member of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).
His comments followed a complaint filed by suspended Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn against Suchart Trakulkasemsuk for potential misconduct and impartiality.
Pol Gen Surachate claimed that Suchart might be biased against him and suggested that Gen Prawit could be a witness to Suchart's alleged misconduct. Gen Prawit stated today that he does not personally know Suchart.
NACC's Secretary-General, Niwatchai Kasemmongkol, confirmed in a separate interview with the press this morning that the NACC will investigate Pol Gen Surachate's allegations against Suchart.
When asked whether Suchart would be excluded from the investigation into Pol Gen Surachate, who is under investigation for alleged bribery and money laundering, Niwatchai responded that they must first look into Pol Gen Surachate's allegations against Suchart.
Regarding whether this complaint from Pol Gen Surachate will delay the investigation against him, Niwatchai explained that the investigation process has not yet reached the commissioners, so the complaint will not impact the investigation.
Regarding the leaked document containing Pol Gen Surachate's complaint against Suchart that began circulating online over the weekend, Niwatchai said the NACC did not release it and suggested that Pol Gen Surachate might have released it himself.
House Speaker Wan Muhamad Noor Matha stated that suspended Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn should petition the Supreme Court Criminal Division for Persons Holding Political Positions if he possesses evidence of misconduct by NACC commissioner Suchart Trakulkasemsuk.
His comments followed Pol Gen Surachate's request for the NACC to forward his petition against Suchart to the House Speaker to investigate Suchart's conduct while serving as an NACC commissioner.
He noted that the court is directly responsible for investigating such allegations. When asked about the claim that Suchart manipulated the NACC appointment process to secure his selection, Wan Noor mentioned that Parliament has yet to address it, but highlighted that the court could also examine the allegation.
Khaosod reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 22nd:
PM Srettha said Mon there is nothing new or anything to worry abt suspended former Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn filing a complaint against him with the National Anti-Corruption Commission accusing him of abusing his power.
Surachate was suspended from the police force lady week following a charge that he laundered money related to illegal online gambling business.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 222nd:
Suspended Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn has filed a petition asking the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to investigate Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and police investigators who are conducting an inquiry against him for alleged misconduct. He also claims that Srettha and the police investigators aim to block him from becoming a police chief.
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. Additionally, he is implicated in the BNK Master illegal online gambling website, a case being handled by the police. These two investigations are believed to be interconnected. He has been suspended from police duty pending an investigation into his case.
Pol Gen Surachate contends that the police investigation against him is unfair. He alleges:
- The police investigators do not have the authority to investigate him for the BNK Master case because it is linked to the Minnie case, which is already under investigation by the NACC. He claims that the alleged financial trail in the Minnie and BNK Master cases, which allegedly leads to his subordinate, Pol Lt Gen Krit Pariyaket, is the same.
- The NACC has identified issues with the investigation in the Minnie case, but the police investigators want to continue pursuing the case independently. This is why, according to him, the Tao Poon Police Station initiated a new case, BNK Master, to discredit him and impede his prospects of becoming a police chief.
- Both cases involve high-ranking officers and an alleged money trail exceeding 300 million baht, warranting investigation by the NACC.
- Pol Gen Surachate further alleges that Prime Minister Srettha's decisions to reassign him to an inactive post, establish a special police committee to investigate him, and then return him to an active post to facilitate his suspension from police duty were aimed at discrediting him. He maintains his innocence until proven otherwise by the NACC, thereby deeming the suspension unjust and alleging that it was intended to impede his prospects of becoming a police chief.
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said suspended Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn's petition for the National Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate him is linked to alleged abuse of power in approving the appointment of suspended National Police Chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol.
Srettha said Pol Gen Surachate's allegations are not new, as a similar petition has been previously filed. He insisted that the appointment process was conducted in accordance with regulations, highlighting that the Police Commission voted 9-1 to appoint Pol Gen Torsak as the 14th National Police Chief. Srettha also clarified that he did not favor any candidate or show bias toward any individual.
Pol Gen Surachate was a candidate in the previous appointment and is considered one of the leading contenders for the next reshuffle. Srettha questioned why Pol Gen Surachate waited until now to file the petition, considering that Pol Gen Torsak was appointed in September 2023.
Regarding Pol Gen Surachate's complaint against the decision to transfer him to inactive duty, Srettha explained that the request to transfer him to the Prime Minister's Office originated from the Royal Thai Police, and he merely endorsed it. He noted that failure to proceed with the transfer could result in a negligence investigation against him.
Apparently the same approach as with the Move Forward Party MFP: unpleasant people must be silenced.
Bangkok Post "Big Joke" accuses PM Srettha of malfeasance
Deputy national police chief Surachate Hakparn on Monday accused Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin of malfeasance in having him suspended and said that as a result he was blocked from becoming the next national police chief.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 23th:
Suspended Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn withdrew his petition against Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin just one day after filing it. He stated that he no longer questions the PM's actions.
He had requested the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to investigate the prime minister for allegedly not following the law in the appointment of suspended National Police Chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol, as well as for alleged abuse of power in transferring him to inactive duty and subsequently suspending him from police duty.
However, he has not withdrawn his petition asking the NACC to investigate the police investigators looking into money laundering allegations against him in connection with the BNK Master case. Surachate Hakparn argues that these investigators lack jurisdiction over the case since it is linked to the Minnie case, which is already under investigation by the NACC.
He accuses the investigators of attempting to discredit him to prevent him from potentially becoming the national police chief in the future.
Despite Pol Gen Surachate's decision to withdraw his petition, the investigation against PM Srettha in terms of the appointment of Pol Gen Torsak will continue, as a similar complaint was filed by former police chief Sereepisuth Temeeyaves in October 2023.
The Nation ‘Big Joke’ withdraws malfeasance complaint against Srettha
Pol General Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn on Tuesday withdrew the complaint he had filed with the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) accusing Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin of malfeasance under Section 157 of the Criminal Code for suspending him from the police force.
Khaosod reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 24th:
The name of former Deputy Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn has been removed from both the official police website and from a chart at the National Police HQ. The move came aft Surachate was charged with money laundering related to online gambling business.
Obviously, innocent until proven guilty in court is not (or no longer) valid in Thailand.
The Nation Suspension part of conspiracy to stop my rise to top, says ‘Big Joke’
Pol General Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn has lodged an official complaint against the acting national police chief, saying the order suspending him from service was unlawful.
Bangkok Post Summons for 'Big Joke', four others
A Royal Thai Police disciplinary probe panel will issue a summons for suspended deputy national police chief Pol Gen Surachate "Big Joke" Hakparn and four other police officers to acknowledge a critical disciplinary violation accusation, deputy national chief Pol Gen Sarawut Kanpanich said yesterday.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 30th:
Lawyer Sittha Biabangkerd submitted additional evidence against suspended National Police Chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol to the Anti-Money Laundering Office.
The evidence includes an alleged financial trail from 18 business groups engaged in illegal activities to the bank accounts of Gen Torsak Sukvimol and his wife.
The details include the alleged monthly financial trail from the businesses to two of Gen Torsak Sukvimol's subordinates who laundered the money before sending around 100,000 baht every month to the accounts of Gen Torsak Sukvimol's wife. Other evidence of money laundering includes investments in various businesses such as a resort in Khao Yai, donations, and high-value assets, including two houses in the UK.
Lawyer Sittha also said that the two houses in the UK were not declared as part of his assets, which means that he could be filing false asset declarations with the National Anti-Corruption Commission as well.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 8th:
The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases dismissed the case against four police investigators who requested arrest warrants for eight subordinates of suspended Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn.
Pol Gen Surachate and his subordinate are being investigated for alleged bribery and money laundering in connection to an alleged financial trail between them and an illegal online gambling ring.
The court stated that there is not enough evidence to demonstrate that the police investigators abused their power by pursuing the case and requesting the arrest warrants to discredit Pol Gen Surachate, who is a candidate for the police chief position, as claimed by the suspended Deputy National Police Chief.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 15th:
The Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases Region 7 dismissed a case against 10 police officers who arrested a subordinate of suspended Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn.
The officers from the Police Cyber Taskforce (PCT) were accused of abuse of power for arresting Pol Lt Col Krit Pariyaket, deputy chief of the Phra Samut Chedi police station in Samut Prakan, and confiscating his assets. Pol Lt Col Krit was accused of money laundering in connection with a money trail from an illegal online gambling ring. Pol Gen Surachate was also accused in the same case.
Pol Lt Col Krit said that some of the assets that have been confiscated have nothing to do with the case and he was threatened to give them up by the arresting officers. The court said the officers were simply following procedures and have done nothing wrong in the arrest and confiscation.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 16th:
Suspended Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn stated that he has gathered 20,000 signatures to submit a petition for investigating a member of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).
This action follows Pol Gen Surachate's request to the NACC and the House Speaker to investigate Commissioner Suchart Trakulkasemsuk for allegedly showing impartiality, which constitutes severe ethical misconduct.
He mentioned that Suchart has solicited support from powerful politicians, including Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, to secure his position within the NACC. Pol Gen Surachate also accused Suchart of possessing unusually high wealth.
Pol Gen Surachate expects to complete the gathering of 20,000 signatures within two weeks.
The Nation Surachate files petition seeking impeachment of NACC commissioner
The former deputy chief of the Royal Thai Police, Pol General Surachate Hakparn, on Thursday submitted a petition to the Parliament president seeking the impeachment of a commissioner of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 16th:
The investigation into the allegations against suspended national police chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol and deputy national chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, as well as the conflict in the Royal Thai Police, will be extended by another 30 days, according to Pol Gen Winai Thongsong, the chairperson of the committee overseeing the investigation.
Initially, the investigation was expected to be completed within 60 days, or by May 20. However, it will now be extended by 30 days to thoroughly investigate the alleged financial connections between illegal businesses and the two officers.
Pol Gen Thongsong said Pol Gen Torsak had already provided his statement in person to the committee, and his implicated wife and brother have also submitted their statements. The committee is currently reviewing these statements. Additionally, the investigation into Pol Gen Surachate has yet to be completed.
This is a developing story: We'll give updates on the situation as we learn more.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 29th:
A 32-year-old Chinese national and a 32-year-old Thai national were arrested for fraud and money laundering in connection with a call center gang that possessed more than 70 billion baht in digital assets.
According to Pol Lt Gen Jirabhop Bhuridej, Chief of the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB), the Chinese national, who held an elite visa, was responsible for managing digital wallets used to launder the money acquired through the gang's fraudulent activities. The digital assets in these wallets were valued at over 70 billion baht. Five suspects from the gang were initially arrested in November 2023, with two more arrests made today.
The Chinese national utilized a Thai individual's identification to hold all the assets and orchestrated a marriage between his wife and a Thai national to secure Thai nationality for their three children.
The gang's modus operandi included setting up a fake website resembling that of the CIB to deceive victims of online scams into believing they were dealing with law enforcement, enabling further fraudulent activities.
Their schemes ranged from offering fake online jobs, making threats of prosecution as fake CIB officers, promoting fictitious investments in digital assets and stocks, impersonating banks to coax victims into making deposits by falsely claiming their real accounts were at risk of hacking, and posing as officials from electricity authorities and the Comptroller General's Department to make people download applications that could hack their bank accounts.
In addition to seizing the digital assets, authorities confiscated over 11 million baht in cash, along with 2 computers, 7 mobile phones, 8 bank accounts, 13 ATM cards, 5 cars, a money counting machine, and various other assets totaling 42 million baht.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 29th:
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has filed additional charges against Praween 'Kamnan Nok' Chankhlai, a former subdistrict head in Nakhon Pathom's Muang district, in connection with the alleged bid rigging of 19 state projects worth 1.3 billion baht.
Praween, who owns a construction company, has already been sentenced to 2 years in jail for his role as an accomplice in the wrongdoing of 15 police officers regarding the death of Pol Maj Sivakorn Saibua at a party in Praween's house in September 2023.
He is also charged as an accomplice in the murder of Pol Maj Sivakorn, who was killed by Praween's staff, Thananchai Manmak. Thananchai was later killed during a shootout with the police in Kanchanaburi a day after he shot and killed Pol Maj Sivakorn, an inspector of Highway Police Sub-division 2.
The DSI stated that they have sufficient evidence, including a financial trail and credible witnesses, to file the additional charges against Praween. Pol Capt Wissanu Chimtrakul, DSI's Deputy Director-General, mentioned that Praween has denied all charges related to the alleged bid rigging thus far.
The DSI is also summoning at least 10 other suspects in the case, starting with those closest to Praween.
Bangkok Post 6 members of 2 major scam gangs arrested, including 2 Chinese nationals
Six suspected members of two major call centre scam gangs have been arrested separately with cash and other assets worth about 42 million baht seized. One Chinese suspect managed digital wallets with about 70 billion baht in circulation.
Khaosod: American YouTuber Injures Girlfriend, Claims It's for Content Creation
An American YouTuber hit his Thai girlfriend with a golf club, but his friend claimed he did it for content creation.
The Pattaya Mail: Berserk American injures family, wrecks Pattaya home in violent outburst
An American national and YouTuber with over 2.4 million followers, Connor Michael Murphy, 30, caused panic and chaos inside his residence in Garden Ville Village, east Pattaya, on May 1, as he went berserk, injuring his wife and causing extensive property damage.
The Nation Samut Prakan immigration officer transferred amid graft allegations
A high-ranking female Immigration police officer has been transferred to an inactive post following allegations she had amassed unusual wealth and got involved in an illegal gambling operation.
The Nation Samui maid claims French woman found shot dead left her THB50m
A Thai maid claimed that her French madame, who was found shot dead in her luxury villa on Koh Samui, had bequeathed to her 50 million baht of her total wealth estimated at 100 million baht.
The Nation Prachinburi wildlife raid nets seventh suspect with menagerie
The seventh suspect in a wildlife smuggling ring was arrested after being caught in possession of almost 200 protected species in Prachinburi on Thursday. The arrest came one day after six suspects were nabbed with a cache of lemurs and tortoises in Chumphon.
Bangkok Post Ayutthaya and Rayong chemical blazes linked
A warehouse where a chemical fire caused the evacuation of a hospital in this central province is owned by a company that is linked to a firm in Rayong where illegally stored chemicals caught fire last month, police say.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 2nd:
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is investigating the qualifications of Prime Minister's Office Minister Pichit Chaimongkol and the possible intentions of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, who made the appointment, according to Niwatchai Gasemmongkol, Secretary-General of the NACC.
He stated that the NACC is examining the petition filed by Former Democrat MP for Bangkok, Watchara Phetthong, who requested the NACC to investigate Srettha for possible severe ethical misconduct in the appointment. This is due to concerns that Pichit might not be qualified for the position given his previous conviction.
Niwatchai emphasized the necessity to scrutinize Pichit's qualifications, Srettha's intentions in making the appointment which could potentially violate regulations, and to verify with the agencies from which the government claimed to have sought recommendations before making the appointment. Srettha stated on Tuesday that the Council of State had already assessed the legality of the appointment before Pichit's name was submitted for royal endorsement.
Khaosod Former Thai Police Officer Arrested for Extorting Chinese Group
After officers from Din Daeng Police Station investigated a tourist robbery at a hotel in Soi Sutthiporn, Din Daeng District, Bangkok, on April 25 at around 8:30 p.m., they found that it was related to the abduction and extortion of Mr. Wang Zhen, 37, a Chinese national, and his four Chinese friends.
Khaosod Chiang Mai Police Rescue Another Chinese Student Based in Australia, Lured by Scammers
Police in Thailand's northern region 5 have found a Chinese student who was lured to Chiang Mai by a call center gang and extorted for 7 million baht.
Bangkok Post Duo suspected of B40m fraud in Phitsanulok
Police have arrested a former bank manager and a village head from Wang Thong district in Phitsanulok in connection with a fraud that caused a total of 40 million baht in damages.
Khaosod reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May Xth:
The Department of Special Investigation found around 20K pieces of counterfeit jerseys infringing on the trademarks of well-known football clubs & brands such as NIKE, ADIDAS, PUMA at 3 locations in Nonthaburi province on May 2.
DSI officers seized the counterfeit goods and handed them over to the special case investigators of the Intellectual Property Crimes Division for further examination and to be used as evidence in legal proceedings.
Bangkok Post B80m worth of meth seized in Pattani
Police on Saturday intercepted over 1.4 million methamphetamine pills destined for Malaysia in an operation that resulted in the arrest of four drug smugglers.
Bangkok Post Lao woman arrested in Chinese extortion case
A Lao woman was arrested for being an alleged member of a gang – including several police officers – that extorted 2.5 million baht from a group of Chinese people in Bangkok late last month.
The Nation Thai police officers involved in kidnapping of Chinese businessmen
Two Thai police officers are among the 11 suspects who kidnapped five Chinese businessmen from a hotel in Bangkok on April 25 and extorted money from the victims, senior officers from Din Daeng police station said on Monday
Khaosod More Suspects Arrested in Joint Thai-Chinese Extortion Ring
Investigating officers from Din Daeng Police Station took into custody 5 suspects, including a former police officer who was the gang leader, in a case of jointly kidnapping a Chinese national and extorting 2.5 million baht. They were taken to the Criminal Court for the first remand period of 12 days from May 5-16, 2024. The officers objected to bail as it is a serious case.
Thai PBS World American wanted in US on human trafficking arrested in Bangkok
Thai anti-human trafficking police have arrested an American who fled a 25-year jail sentence in the United States for kidnapping, sex trafficking and other crimes, officers said Tuesday.
Khaosod Thai Police, FBI Arrest American Fugitive in Human Trafficking Case
On May 7, 2024, officials from the Central Investigation Bureau’s (CIB) Combating Trafficking in Persons Division and Michel Chai, a representative of the FBI, held a joint press conference to announce the arrest of Mr. Selva, a 37-year-old American citizen of Asian descent.
Bangkok Post US fugitive arrested for extradition
Police have arrested a 37-year-old American for extradition to the United States, where he faces trial on serious charges of violence and abduction.
The Nation Kidnapper of baby tracked under watchful eyes of social networkers
Thai social networkers joined forces to look for a kidnapped nine-month-old boy until he was returned to his grandparents in Bangkok in less than 24 hours.
The Nation Police net huge haul of heroin, arrest 4 in Nong Khai raid
Police arrested four drug smuggling suspects and confiscated over 1.4 tonnes of heroin allegedly brought over from Laos in a Wednesday night raid in Nong Khai.
The Nation reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 9th:
The Central Administrative Court has fined the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) and the NACC Office for not disclosing the results of its investigation into former deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwon's infamous collection of luxury watches.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 9th:
Interior Minister Anutin Charnveerakul said Thurs the many foreigners owning marijuana shops must be arrested. The remark came after PM Srettha announced a crackdown on drugs Tues & to recriminalise marijuana for recreational purposes.
Khaosod British Man Arrested in Bangkok on Charges of Defaming a Phuket Restaurant
A British man, who had been wanted in Phuket province since the middle of last year, was arrested by officers from the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok on May 9 at a condominium near Wat Phraya Krai, Charoen Krung Road, Wat Phraya Krai Subdistrict, Bang Kho Laem District, Bangkok.
Khaosod A Lonely New Zealander Overstays in Pattaya for Over 2,000 Days
A 60-year-old lonely New Zealander who came to live in Pattaya overstayed his visa by more than 5 years, not thinking he would be caught in front of a convenience store.
Khaosod Body Found in Pattaya Barrel Suspected To Be Missing Korean Man
Metropolitan Police officers are urgently investigating the case of a South Korean male tourist who went missing in Bangkok on May 7. On the evening of May 11, a suspected body was found in Pattaya, showing signs of murder.
Thai PBS World Body found in barrel recovered from reservoir in Chon Buri
The body of a man was found stuffed into a 200-litre plastic drum and covered with cement on Saturday. It was retrieved from Map Prachan Reservoir in Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri.
Khaosod Pattaya Police Struggle to Arrest a Russian Man Who Locks Himself in Bathroom
Several patrol officers from Pattaya City Police Station had to exert effort for several minutes to control a Russian man who was in a state of frenzy, from his hotel room to the police station.
Bangkok Post Privilege card loophole lets criminals in front door
The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) is still looking into foreign nationals who are in the nation on elite visas and engaging in dubious business.
Tha Nation Police make arrest after discovery of body in northern Taiwan
The aunt of a Thai woman found dead on a hill in Taiwan suspects she was murdered by her employer following a dispute.
Thai PBS World Suspect wanted in container case held in South Korea
South Korean police have taken into custody a man who is suspected of involvement in the murder of a South Korean man, whose body was found stuffed in a plastic barrel and dumped into Map Prachan Reservoir in Chon Buri province.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 13th:
The Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Case, Region 2, acquitted Former Culture Minister Ittipol Khunpluem.
He and nine others were charged for their alleged involvement in issuing an illegal construction permit for Bali Hai's Waterfront Suites & Residences condominium project at the base of Phra Tamnak Mountain in Pattaya during his tenure as the city's mayor in 2008.
The court acquitted him because the 15-year statute of limitations in the case expired in September 2023. Ittipol fled to Cambodia on September 5, 2023, after the Office of the Attorney General filed the charges, before returning on October 9, 2023.
Khaosod Operation Takedown Scammer Ep.2: Cyber Police Hunt for Thai-Chinese Family
hai cyber police, in collaboration with prosecutors, raided seven locations in the districts of Chawang and Thung Song, Nakhon Si Thammarat province on Monday, as part of Operation Takedown Scammer Ep.2. The operation aimed to apprehend a cross-border call center network involving a local politician.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 13th:
The Election Commission (EC) has decided to petition the Supreme Court to impose a lifetime political ban on Bhumjaithai Bueng Kan MP Suwanna Kumpiro for vote buying. They also recommend pursuing criminal charges and seeking compensation for the cost of the election in Bueng Kan's Constituency 2.
The EC stated that there is sufficient evidence to suggest that Suwanna and his ex-wife violated election campaign laws by arranging for his campaign truck to be present at a local religious ceremony and a Song Kran party on April 16, 2023. During these events, the truck played Suwanna's election campaign music and messages.
This marks the second accusation of vote buying against a Bhumjaithai MP, following Mukdawan Luengsinil, an MP for Nakhon Si Thammarat's Constituency 8.
Bangkok Post Privilege card loophole lets criminals in front door
The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) is still looking into foreign nationals who are in the nation on elite visas and engaging in dubious business.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 13th:
Former Senator Kittisak Rattanawaraha, who no longer holds parliamentary immunity since the junta-appointed Senate's term ended on May 10, has failed to appear for his first police summons.
Kittisak, along with Nayusit Khamsila, a village headsman in Bueng Na Rang Subdistrict, stands accused of orchestrating an attack involving a mob of 21 individuals on a temple warden, worshippers, workers, and monks at Wat Hiranyaram (also known as Wat Bang Khlan) in Phichit's Pho Thale District in April 2023. The incident stemmed from a dispute over the management of the temple and its assets.
Deputy Commander Pol Lt Col Prapas Inpha of the Pho Thalae Police Station stated that Kittisak failed to attend the police summons today, citing engagement in a meeting in Bangkok. Only Nayusit appeared as summoned.
Pol Lt Col Prapas added that a second summons would be issued, and if Kittisak fails to appear for both the second and any subsequent summons, an arrest warrant will be issued in accordance with the law.
Bangkok Post Barrel-murder suspect held in S.Korea denies charge
One of the three Korean suspects in the murder of a man dumped into a Pattaya reservoir in a barrel has denied involvement after being detained in South Korea.
The Nation Second suspect in South Korean barrel murder arrested in Cambodia
Phnom Penh police track down suspect linked to body found in Chonburi reservoir.
Thai PBS World Third suspect in South Korean’s murder apprehended in Phnom Penh
Cambodian police have arrested a third suspect in the murder in Thailand of a South Korean man, whose body was found in a plastic barrel dumped into the Map Prachan Reservoir in Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri.
Thai PBS World British man arrested in Bangkok for bad reviews of Phuket restaurant
A British man was arrested for allegedly arranging for his friends to flood an Italian restaurant in Phuket with false one-star reviews after a dispute with the owner.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 16th:
Mule Account Crackdown – The Ministry of Digital Economy has come out to say that it was looking to crackdown on as many as 30 million suspected mule accounts that are used by fraudsters to scam people. The operations will continue until September 2024.
Bangkok Post Foreigners arrested for illegally running daycare, wakeboarding centre
Several foreigners were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly operating a daycare facility and a wakeboarding service centre on Koh Phangan.
Khaosod Foreigners Caught Running Illegal Nursery and Wakeboard Park in Phangan
Tourism police and local officials raided on Wednesday an unlicensed nursery on Ko Phangan in Surat Thani province. This is the third such raid in recent months, following similar actions against nurseries run by Americans and Israelis.
Khaosod Russian's Interrogation Leads to Nigerian Drug Bust in Phuket
Phuket Immigration Police announced the arrest of a major drug trafficker and three accomplices in the province. The suspects, all foreign nationals, were caught with a variety of illegal drugs including cocaine, ecstasy and methamphetamine. The total value of the seized drugs and assets is estimated at 4.9 million baht.
Bangkok Post Suspect admits to murdering Korean man
A Korean suspect has admitted to murdering a compatriot, whose body was found in Chon Buri on Saturday, according to a report from South Korean authorities.
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