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31 10 2015

The “lese majeste” investigations associated with the recent apprehension of Suriyan Sujaritpalawong, Jirawong Wattanathewasilp and Police Major Prakrom Warunprapha are reported in The Nation as involving “[d]ozens of investigation teams [who] are currently questioning suspects…”.

This story reveals that investigators “plan to question people close to billionaire tycoon Dhanin Chearavanont,” one of Thailand’s wealthiest businessmen and a longtime and large donor to all things royal.

Metropolitan Police commissioner Pol Maj-General Chayapol Chatchaidej said “unnamed company employees of Dhanin’s businesses would be questioned.” He added that: “The investigators will not directly question Dhanin…. Only people involved will be questioned.”

This follows the police having displayed a “chart that shows five affiliates of Dhanin’s Charoen Pokphand (CP) conglomerate were hired by Mac Bara to produce the pins.” Mac Bara is a company involved in producing commemorative pins for the Bike for Mom and Bike for Dad royal propaganda events.

Helpfully, Chayapol pointed out that each investigation “team would be headed by a senior police officer above the rank of colonel and below the rank of major-general when questioning important figures.”

We can’t help but wonder how many “important figures” are going to be caught up in this remarkable but unexplained purge.


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4 11 2015
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27 11 2015
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[…] saw some early claims that their “fraud” involved some very big business interests. We were told that Prakrom was a kind of bag man, but we don’t know for whom. A list of […]

27 11 2015
Graft and lese majeste | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] saw some early claims that their “fraud” involved some very big business interests. We were told that Prakrom was a kind of bag man, but we don’t know for whom. A list of […]