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Thailand’s Deputy Police Chief summonsed over money laundering charge linked to online gambling

Police in Thailand have summonsed deputy national police chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn to face a money-laundering charge in connection with alleged online gambling.

Police in Bangkok placed the notice from Metropolitan Police Division 2 at the residence of Pol Gen Surachate, aka Big Joke, in the city’s Laksi district on Sunday morning. According to the notice, Pol Gen Surachate was required to acknowledge the charge at the division on Thursday.

Initially, police were stopped from entering the guarded residential area by security guards who demanded to see the relevant paperwork. Officers finally gained access after warning the guards they could be charged with obstruction. A police source said that national police chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol was informed of the notice and agreed with the legal action.

Pol Gen Surachate told reporters later that he was not home and he would have to check the details of the notice and find out if the investigation into his case was conducted correctly. If not, he said, the notice would be considered as illegitimate. Pol Gen Surachate said his lawyers would hold a press conference on the matter on Tuesday.

Last week the deputy national police chief denied he was involved with any online gambling network, pointing out that a court had refused to issue a warrant for his arrest.

Pol Gen Surachate’s lawyer, Nathawit Netijarurote, last Tuesday said there were attempts to discredit his client because he was now the most senior candidate for the national police chief’s job. Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol, the present national police chief, is due to retire at the end of September this year.

Frank Schuengel
Frank Schuengel
Frank Schuengel is an online gambling industry veteran with over twenty years of experience in Europe and Asia. Equally at home in the Isle of Man and the Philippines, he started his career as a sports trader before setting up and running whole operations, and more recently focusing on the regulatory and licensing side of things in the worlds of fiat and crypto eGaming. When he is not writing about gambling topics, he can be found cycling around Manila and advocating sustainable transport solutions for a Philippines based mobility magazine.

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