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Deputy Director of Daniel Sancho Investigation, Big Joke, Released on Bail for Money Laundering Charges


Apr 3, 2024

Former Thai Police Deputy Chief Surachate Hakparn, known as “Big Joke,” has been released on bail after being accused of involvement in money laundering for an online betting network. He posted bail of 100,000 baht and appeared at a Bangkok police station for an interrogation. He maintains his innocence and says the case is still in the allegations phase until a court verdict is reached.

Surachate was implicated in a money laundering operation for the website BNK Master bets, which was dismantled last year. The arrest warrant was issued after he ignored police summonses in March to cooperate with the investigation. The case arose while he was applying to be appointed the director of the police force, leading to accusations of involvement in betting networks between him and the former police chief.

Despite his controversial past, including being removed from the force without explanation in 2019, Surachate became the public face of the investigation into the alleged murder of the Colombian Edwin Arrieta by the Spaniard Daniel Sancho. This case is separate from the money laundering allegations and Surachate’s involvement in the betting network.

Surachate’s release on bail raises questions about the ongoing investigation and his role in the police force. The case has drawn attention to corruption within the Thai Police and the challenges of addressing misconduct among senior officers. As the legal proceedings continue, the outcome of the case will determine Surachate’s innocence or guilt in the money laundering allegations.

By editor

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