Deputy police chief faces gambling money-laundering charge

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Deputy police chief faces gambling money-laundering charge

Bangkok Police summons deputy national police chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn over alleged online gambling money laundering.

Police officers from Thung Song Hong station placed a notice from Metropolitan Police Division 2 at the residence of Pol Gen Surachate, also known as Big Joke, located on Soi Vibhavadi 60 Road in Bangkok’s Laksi district on Sunday morning. According to the notice, Pol Gen Surachate is required to acknowledge the charge at the division on Thursday. This action follows the summons issued in connection with a money-laundering charge related to alleged involvement in online gambling.

At first, Thung Song Hong police faced difficulty entering the housing estate as security guards insisted on seeing the notice. However, the police declined to present the document.

Following police warnings of potential obstruction charges, the security guards allowed them entry after approximately 20 minutes of negotiation.

According to a police source, national police chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol was briefed on the notice and supported the legal action.
Pol Gen Surachate later informed reporters that he was not present at home and would need to review the notice’s specifics to determine if the investigation into his case followed legal procedures. He added that if the investigation was not conducted lawfully, he would deem the notice invalid.

The deputy national police chief denied involvement in any online gambling network last week, citing a court’s rejection of an arrest warrant. Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol, the current national police chief, is set to retire in September this year.