A while ago PPT posted on the police investigating forest land encroachment in Thap Lan National Park allegedly committed by former deputy national police chief Jumpol Manmai and two other suspects.
Jumpol is close – or was – to King Vajiralongkorn.
Since then, nothing official has been heard of Jumpol. On social media, it has been said that he has “disappeared” and others claim he has been murdered.
However, it has now been announced that Jumpol has now been dismissed from royal service.
He remains unseen and there have been no reports of his health.
Update 1: Prachatai reports:
The Bureau of the Royal Household (BRH) has dismissed a high-ranking police officer close to King Vajiralongkorn.
On 27 February 2017, the BRH issued an order dismissing Pol Gen Jumpol Manmai, the Grand Chamberlain for security and special activities close to King Vajiralongkorn, from all public services.
The order stated that Jumpol violated the 2008 Civil Service Act by abusing his position for personal benefits.
The dismissal, performed under the Civil Service Act, was signed by Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister.
The order added that he was meddling with politics in ways that were threatening to the security of the crown, causing the King to lose trust in him….
Update 2: Khaosod has more: on the dismissal, with the order quoted:
“His behavior was unfit to be a senior bureaucrat close to His Majesty. He abused his bureaucratic position for his own interests, engaged in politics jeopardizing national security, and lost His Majesty’s trust. Such behaviors are grave disciplinary violations deserve expulsion,” the letter said.
Jumpol is believed to already be in custody. Sources in the police force said he will be brought to the Crime Suppression Division on Thursday, where he will be formally charged with land encroachment.
Junta chairman Prayuth-Chanocha declined to answer questions about Jumpol’s case after coming out of his Tuesday cabinet meeting.
Sources also said Jumpol is expected to be taken from Bangkok to a court in Nakhon Ratchasima province on the same day for a custody hearing.
Regional police opened a criminal inquiry into Jumpol on suspicion that he intruded on the Thap Lan National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima with a 16-rai (2.6 hectare) estate, according to a Feb. 12 police statement.
Police are reluctant to discuss the investigation publicly, citing the sensitivity of the case.
Given social media rumors that he was already dead, producing Jumpol in court will be eagerly awaited by those who fear for his health.