More palace cleansing

10 06 2015

The massive effort by Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn to “cleanse” his palace of his former wife Srirasmi’s alleged associates and her relatives continues.

Montri Sotangkul, 53, described in a wire report at the Daily Mail as “a senior palace official,” is a member of the Royal Household Bureau. The police have “written to the Royal Household Bureau, telling it to hand Montri over to police custody on Thursday.”

Thailand’s wealthy and corrupt senior police officer, notorious for his capacity for posterior polishing and doing the bidding of palace and military junta, Police General Somyos Pumpanmuang declared: “Montri has claimed that he is close to members of the royal family to make profit for himself [in land and business deals]…”.

Then he adds the almost unbelievable but required: “The former princess recruited him to work for her and he has nothing to do with the Crown Prince…”. He has to say that.

Prachatai reports that the police warrant states that Montri is also accused of offenses under Articles 148, 149, and 157 of the Criminal Code and Article 123 and 123/1 of the 2009 Anti-Corruption Act. Montri is  “accused of accepting bribe in brokering a property deal in the western province of Phetchaburi as well.”

In other words, the vindictiveness is complete.Montri - Copy

The police are reported to have been told:

by the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) that the suspect allegedly cited the monarchy to obtain positions in the executive boards of PTT Public Company Limited, the state owned oil and gas company, and CAT Telecom Public Company Limited, the state-owned company that runs Thailand’s international telecommunications infrastructure.

This reveals two things. First, that the military dictatorship is fully associated with the prince’s palace cleansing, and second, that the claims made are ludicrous. On the latter, positions on boards of even publicly-listed and state-connected companies are perquisites for royal-connected flunkies. A brief look at PTT’s annual reports confirms this.

Montri “resigned” from PTT in December, which can’t be coincidental, for this is when the royal cleansing was at its height. He remains listed at PPT, where he was a director that won an award for “distinctiveness” in 2013 (clicking downloads a PDF).  His connections, or some of them are here.


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11 06 2015
Palace official arrested on lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] As posted yesterday, Montri Sotangkul, aged 53, and a senior palace official of the Royal Household Bureau, was accused of lese majeste. […]

11 06 2015
Palace official arrested on lese majeste | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] As posted yesterday, Montri Sotangkul, aged 53, and a senior palace official of the Royal Household Bureau, was accused of lese majeste. […]

19 10 2015
More household cleansing | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] relationships with the prince’s household (amongst all the posts at the time, see here, here, here, here, there, here and also […]

19 10 2015
More household cleansing | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] relationships with the prince’s household (amongst all the posts at the time, see here, here, here, here, there, here and also […]




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