Prince’s purge widens

2 12 2014

The family-based purge of persons associated with Prince Vajiralongkorn’s estranged wife continues to widen.

The Bangkok Post reports that the “Bangkok Military Court has Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for Nopporn Suppipat, one of Thailand’s 50 wealthiest people this year, for allegedly hiring two criminal suspects connected to former Central Investigation Bureau chief Pongpat Chayapan to ‘negotiate’ down his debts.”

Forbes lists Nopporn as an early 40s new rich lister, worth US$800 million. His rise has been startling after several unsuccessful enterprises in the past. He is boss of Wind Energy Holding Co., and is “wanted on charges of defaming the monarchy by using royal influence to hire others to physically assault and threaten others…”.

He “allegedly hired Natthanan Thanawech and Chalach Phothirach to kidnap a businessman he owned money to.” The businessman is reportedly Bandit Chotwitthayakul, said to be owed 120 million baht.

Interesting to speculate why someone said to be worth 2.4 billion would engage in wheeling and dealing over a debt of 120 million baht.

At least eight persons have now been accused of lese majeste in this and other cases related to Prince Vajiralongkorn’s purge.


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11 12 2014
More princely lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] thinks there may be 10-12 lese majeste cases emanating from the seemingly family-based purge of persons associated with Prince Vajiralongkorn’s estranged wife and her family, relatives and associated hangers-on. We are struggling to keep up with them and to […]

11 12 2014
More princely lese majeste | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Leave a comment PPT thinks there may be 10-12 lese majeste cases emanating from the seemingly family-based purge of persons associated with Prince Vajiralongkorn’s estranged wife and her family, relatives and associated hangers-on. We are struggling to keep up with them and to […]

28 01 2015
Lese majeste, fraud and business deals | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] last year there were a flurry of lese majeste cases, charges and accusations related to the crown prince’s third divorce. In at least two of those many, complicated, personalized cases, there seemed to be accusations of […]

28 01 2015
Lese majeste, fraud and business deals | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] last year there were a flurry of lese majeste cases, charges and accusations related to the crown prince’s third divorce. In at least two of those many, complicated, personalized cases, there seemed to be accusations of […]

2 02 2015
Jailed for palace chilli fraud and the wrong connection | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] thinks there may be 10-12 lese majeste cases emanating from the seemingly family-based purge of persons associated with Prince Vajiralongkorn’s estranged and/or divorced th… and her family, relatives and associated […]

2 02 2015
Jailed for palace chilli fraud and the wrong connection | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] thinks there may be 10-12 lese majeste cases emanating from the seemingly family-based purge of persons associated with Prince Vajiralongkorn’s estranged and/or divorced th… and her family, relatives and associated […]