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Former Thai Police Deputy Chief Surachate Hakparn Released on Bail amidst Money Laundering Allegations

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 3, 2024
Deputy Director of the Daniel Sancho Investigation, “Big Joke,” Released on Bail for Money Laundering Charges

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

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. Despite this legal issue, it is important to note that the allegations against Surachate are unrelated to the high-profile investigation into the crime of premeditated murder involving a Spaniard and a Colombian individual. This case has garnered significant media attention, with Surachate previously serving as the face of the investigation and providing updates to the public.

Surachate maintains his innocence and stated that the case is still in the allegations phase, emphasizing that he is innocent until proven guilty by the court. The former deputy director of the Thai Police had previously ignored three police summonses in March before the court issued an arrest warrant against him. His removal from his position, along with another senior officer, was ordered by the prime minister to protect ongoing investigations.

This case comes amidst a power struggle within the Thai Police, as Surachate had applied to be appointed director of the Police. However, his application was rejected due to ongoing legal issues and concerns about his ability to lead effectively while facing charges. Despite these challenges, it is important to note that Surachate’s legal issues do not reflect on his performance as a police officer or his ability to provide leadership in other areas outside of law enforcement.

By Samantha Nguyen

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