Suchart Prommai

SuchartMajor General Suchart Prommai is said to have fled Thailand with several others around the last months of 2015.

He is a former 11th Infantry Regiment commander, now stripped of military rank. He is reported to have fled along with Pol Col Pairoj Rojanakhajorn, a former chief of the Crime Suppression Division’s (CSD) Sub-Division 2; and his then deputy Pol Lt Col Thammawat Hiranyalekha, as well as Col Khachachart Boondee.

We understand that he faces lese majeste charges along with Khachachart. One report states that he and his co-accused are said to have “solicited money which they claimed would be used to fund the production of T-shirts for the “Bike for Mom” cycling event in August last year.”

He is accused of abusing his authority for personal gain. It was reported that the charges against the colonel are the same charges pressed against fortune-teller Suriyan Sucharitpolwong and Jirawong Watthanathewasilp. The charges were related to the “Bike for Mom” in August 2015 and the “Bike for Dad” in December 2015.

Media accounts of Suchart’s case:

Bangkok Post, 27 February 2016: “CIB says case being tainted by web of lies

Khaosod, 26 February 2016: “Police Dispute Photo of Alleged ‘Royal Impostors’ in New Zealand

Bangkok Post, 3 December 2015: “Lese majeste accused ‘have fled overseas’

Bangkok Post, 9 November 2015: “Isoc charges colonel with lese majeste