April 14, 2024 1:47 pm
Deputy Director of the Daniel Sancho Investigation, “Big Joke,” Released on Bail for Money Laundering Charges

Thai Police Deputy Chief Surachate Hakparn, also known as Big Joke, was released on bail after being implicated in money laundering for an online betting network. He paid a bail of 100,000 baht ($2,700) and spent two hours answering police questions at a Bangkok police station before being released.

Despite the allegations against him, Surachate maintains his innocence and states that the case is still in the allegations phase. He emphasizes that he is innocent until proven guilty by the court. In March, Surachate ignored three police summonses before the court issued an arrest warrant against him.

The allegations against Surachate stem from his suspected involvement in a money laundering operation for an online betting site. He was named by the Central Investigation Bureau as one of five officers suspected of being involved in this operation, which was dismantled last year.

This case comes amidst a power struggle within the Thai Police as Surachate had applied to be appointed director of the Police. His removal from his position, along with another senior officer, was ordered by the prime minister to protect ongoing investigations. Surachate was previously involved in controversy in 2019 when he was removed from the force without explanation.

It’s important to note that while these legal issues loom over him, they are unrelated to the high-profile investigation into premeditated murder involving a Spaniard and a Colombian individual. This case has garnered significant media attention with Surachate previously serving as the face of this investigation and providing updates to the public.

In conclusion, while Surachate may have been implicated in money laundering for an online betting network, he maintains his innocence until proven guilty by law enforcement authorities or a court trial. The power struggle within Thai police will continue as they strive to maintain their integrity while ensuring ongoing investigations are protected from any political interference or bias.

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