Big Joke’s big fall

10 04 2019

When a newspaper adds a note about censorship it generally means “beware of the monarchy.” So it is that Khaosod states: “Note: Some details were omitted from this story due to legal concerns.”

The story is about Big Joke, Surachate Hakparn, former immigration chief and, now, former policeman.

After being “arrested” and transferred to an inactive post he was then “stripped of all police posts…” and “moved to a civilian position attached to the Prime Minister’s Office…”.

A spokeswoman for Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha “said Surachate will likely serve as a ‘special adviser’ to the cabinet.”

The story notes that no official wants to talk about the case. Deputy junta chairman Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, believed close to Big Joke, did not even show up at his office. No statement has been made that cites a reason for the former policeman being removed. Deputy police commissioner Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said: “I don’t know everything…”.

The Bangkok Post states that Gen Prayuth’s transfer meant Big Jokejoined “a list of 45 state officials sidelined pending investigations under another NCPO order.” Prayuth explained nothing.

The Nation: has a pretty good graphic, which we have nicked for reproduction here.

It describes Big Joke’s civilianization and blacklisting as “shocking” and describes the stripping away of positions in quick succession.

Even a meeting “to discuss Surachate’s successor as Immigration Bureau chief, … was cancelled for unknown reasons…”. Pol Gen Srivara “he had not received any verbal or written instructions” to investigate Surachate.

Thailand becomes increasingly North Korean-like.


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20 04 2019
Big Oud replaces Big Joke | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] In yet another Khaosod report carrying the disclaimer: “Note: Some details were omitted from this story due to legal concerns,” it reports on the outcome of the still unexplained removal of Big Joke, Surachate Hakparn, a former immigration chief who was quickly and surprisingly taken into custody, removed from his posts and then made a civilian. […]

20 04 2019
Big Oud replaces Big Joke | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] In yet another Khaosod report carrying the disclaimer: “Note: Some details were omitted from this story due to legal concerns,” it reports on the outcome of the still unexplained removal of Big Joke, Surachate Hakparn, a former immigration chief who was quickly and surprisingly taken into custody, removed from his posts and then made a civilian. […]

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