Natthapol Suwadee

112Natthapol or Nuttapong Suwadee (his first name had been rendered in some reports as Nuttapong) was arrested November 2014. He was charged with a string of crimes, including lese majeste. On 20 March 2015, he was sentenced to 11 years, halved for a guilty plea.

Natthapol is another of the “suspects” in former Central Investigation Bureau chief’s crime network/Prince Vajiralongkorn’s divorce case to have been slapped with lese majeste charges. On 12 December 2014, the Bangkok military court issued a second lese majeste arrest warrant for Natthapol and Chakarn Phakphoom. Both were already detained for  alleged connections with Pol Lt Gen Pongpat Chayapan’s “network,” former Princess Srirasmi’s family and her very nasty separation from the prince.

Natthapol is Srirasmi’s brother.

Chakarn and Natthapol faced this second lese majeste charge after the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) filed a complaint against them at Lat Phrao police station early in October 2014. NIDA states that Chakarn failed to meet the minimum attendance requirements for his postgraduate studies and conspired with Natthapol to have NIDA believe that Chakarn was on a “palace mission.” Chakarn brought three letters signed by Natthapol saying Chakarn had missed his class because he had to attend to “a very important person.” NIDA apparently accepted this claim and allowed him to sit for the examination in the course. It seems that NIDA accepts that students serving the monarchy are treated differently from all other students.

However, the conviction came for a different case. Natthapol, Narong and Sitthisak Suwadee were allegedly hired by a businessman named Nopporn Suppipat to coerce a money lender into reducing Nopporn’s debt from 120 million to 20 million baht. It was further alleged that the three abducted Nopporn’s money lender, Witthaya Panyathaweekool, in front of his house in Bangkok on 20 March 2014. The trio allegedly detained him overnight and forced him to reduce Nopporn’s debt, citing their connection to then-Princess Srirasmi.

At the time of the alleged offenses, Natthapol and Narong were serving in the Crown Prince’s personal bodyguard unit.

Media accounts of Natthapol’s case:

For a range of media stories, see Pongpat Chayapan’s page.

Khaosod, 20 March 2015: “Brothers of Ex-Princess Imprisoned for Defaming Royal Family

Prachatai, 14 February 2015: “Lese majeste filed against gang members related to ex-princess

Bangkok Post, 12 December 2014: “Two face double lese majeste charges

5 responses

28 12 2014
The prince’s lese majeste cases | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] far, PPT has listed cases against Chakarn Phakphoom, Nopporn Suppipat, Nuttapong Suwadee (former Princess Srirasmi’s brother) and Sudathip Muangnual. This does not include Chainarin […]

14 02 2015
Lese majeste cases mount | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] and Preecha are reported to be connected with Nuttapong Suwadee, a brother to Srirasmi, the former royal consort to the Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn. PPT thinks […]

14 02 2015
Lese majeste cases mount | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] and Preecha are reported to be connected with Nuttapong Suwadee, a brother to Srirasmi, the former royal consort to the Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn. PPT thinks […]

14 11 2016
Another royal fraudster arrested | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] in some of these cases is obviously political, such as when those close to a royal – such as the Suwadee family – are locked up. In Wandi’s case, she seems to be a simple grifter and the lese majeste […]

14 11 2016
Another royal fraudster arrested | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] in some of these cases is obviously political, such as when those close to a royal – such as the Suwadee family – are locked up. In Wandi’s case, she seems to be a simple grifter and the lese majeste […]




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