Updated: Not a Joke

6 04 2019

Several media outlets have reported the sudden and – so far – “unexplained “transfer” of Pol. Lt. Gen. Surachate  Hakparn known by his nickname, “Big Joke.”

The immigration chief, who has also been given cyber duties, was considered a “rising star.” That had something to do with the perception that he was close to Deputy Dictator Gen Prawit Wongsuwan. Like so many others, Big Joke was a junta thug.

Now police chief Gen. Chakthip Chaijinda has issued an order sending Big Joke to an “inactive post.”

Such an order is used when those on the receiving end have done something very wrong, at least according to their bosses.

Social media, including Andrew MacGregor Marshall, are saying that the boss who’s been ticked off is the king. If true, that’s dangerous.

Update: The mystery surrounding Big Joke continues. Following his arrest/transfer, said to have been at the Pullman Hotel in Bangkok, his “social media accounts … including Facebook and Instagram, could not be accessed.” His Facebook account once had more than 200,000 followers. There are claims of corruption, large piles of cash, and perhaps displeasing the residents of Dusit district, and more. There are claims that Gen Prayuth had to seek his “release” from wherever it was he was held. But much of this is rumor.

In any case, Big Joke showed up mum and briefly at police headquarters late yesterday morning. Deputy national police chief Pol Gen Srivara Ransibhramanakul “denied media reports that he had been tasked with investigating Surachate’s alleged six counts of wrongdoing.” There’s still more to run on this story and the speculation.


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