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.