Yesterday, PPT posted that Pol Lt Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul, acting deputy national police chief had stated that “between 40 and 50 military major generals and colonels could be involved in the current high-profile lese majeste case…”. Indeed, the headline on the story we quoted from the Bangkok Post was: “50 army officers tied to case, Srivara says.” There was even a photo of the policeman.
For some unexplained reason, the Bangkok Post now reports that it was “Pol Maj Gen Piyapan Pingmuang, deputy police spokesman, [who] said an inquiry was under way into the alleged involvement of 40-50 military officers in the lese majeste case.” More than this, the “police later insisted the report had been misquoted.”
We suspect that the military brass went ballistic and wanted the big story hosed down. Who knows? Thailand is so opaque that there is hardly a light or truth to be seen or known.
The new report claims that the “army has launched a probe into reports a major general and a colonel,” seemingly following intervention by The Dictator, General Prayuth Chan-ocha. He seemed to head for cover, saying “further questions should be directed to army commander Gen Theerachai Nakvanich.”
The two being investigated also seem to have headed for the hills, in one case, literally.
One of the military suspects is said to be “a senior officer attached to the Army Secretary Office.” The army colonel … has fled over the border to Myanmar’s Myawaddy township, opposite Tak’s Mae Sot district,” apparently taking “20 million baht from a bank…”.
Reportedly implicated by Suriyan Sujaritpalawong, these officers are “accused of making false claims involving the monarchy to solicit money from business operators.”
Suriyan now faces 13 charges with “20 more charges being prepared after police complete witness questioning.”
Meanwhile, Pol Gen Prawuth Thawornsiri, the former police spokesman is said to have “disappeared last week during a ‘holiday’ in Europe…”. No one has seen him and some rumors are black. He is said to have resigned from the police, although the police chief seemed to have forgotten signing the file.
This is all astounding stuff and, it has to be said, barely believable. It does seem the royalist regime is consuming itself.