The Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police (RTP), Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn, faces two charges after financial transactions of his had been discovered linked with the on-line gambling operators. 4 different senior cops had been discovered concerned however their identities had not but been revealed.

The Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau (CCIB) officers raided Big Joke’s house in September final 12 months over his alleged involvement within the gambling web site operation. Eight cops who labored carefully with the deputy commissioner additionally face the identical allegations.

It was later confirmed that each one eight subordinates had been concerned within the gambling ring. They had been recognized as Police Main Normal Namkiat Teerarotjanapong, Police Colonel Khemarin Pitsamai, Police Colonel Parkbhum Pitsamai, Police Colonel Arrit Kuprasitrat, Police Main Chanon Aumthorn, Police Sergeant Nattawut Watwaew, Police Sergeant Apisit Khonyong, and Police Lieutenant Colonel Karit Pariyakate.

Big Joke insisted on his innocence, saying that the charges towards him had been the results of an inner battle inside the RTP. He accused some officers of attempting to tarnish his status and hinder his promotion as RTP commissioner.

The event of the case was not made public till right this moment, February 21, when the Deputy Commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB), Jaroonkiat Pankaew, offered an replace on the case to the general public.

Jaroonkiat defined that the suspects on this gambling case had been divided into two teams. The primary group included 61 suspects, and eight of Big Joke’s subordinates had been on this group.

Jaroonkiat went on to clarify that the second group included 5 high-ranking cops who had financial transactions related with the suspects within the first group. He then confirmed that Big Joke was one of many 5 cops within the second group.

Financial links

Jaroonkiat revealed that there was clear proof main to Big Joke, such because the checking account assertion displaying the financial transaction of over 300 million baht. The cash from the gambling operation went to 5 cops and their relations. The cash was spent day by day on home hire, automotive purchases, tuition charges, holidays, and so forth.

In accordance to Jaroonkiat, Big Joke now faces two charges together with:

  • Part 149 of the Prison Legislation: requesting, receiving, agreeing to obtain property or advantages, and committing unlawful acts whereas in an official place. The penalty is imprisonment from 5 to 20 years, life imprisonment, or a effective of 100,000 to 400,000 baht.
  • Part 157 of the Prison Legislation: dishonestly exercising any of official duties to trigger damages to one other particular person. The penalty shall be imprisonment from one to 10 years, a effective from 2,000 to 20,000 baht, or each.

Jaroonkiat ensured that there have been no inner conflicts or makes an attempt to tarnish the status of this operation. The case was investigated based mostly on justice, because it had a big impression on RTP.

Nevertheless, there isn’t a report on the subsequent steps of the operation and Big Joke has not but responded to the matter.

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