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

Surachate Hakparn, a former Thai Police Deputy Chief and also known as Big Joke, has been released on bail after being accused of money laundering for an online betting network. He paid bail of 100,000 baht (around $2,700) and spent two hours answering police questions at a Bangkok police station before being released.

Surachate claims his innocence and stated that the case is still in the allegations phase. The former deputy director of the Thai Police had previously ignored three police summonses in March before an arrest warrant was issued against him. The allegations against Surachate stem from his suspected involvement in a money laundering operation for an online betting site. He was one of five officers named by the Central Investigation Bureau in this dismantled operation last year.

This case comes at a time when there is a power struggle within the Thai Police, with Surachate having applied to be appointed director of the Police. His removal from his position, along with another senior officer, was ordered by the prime minister to protect ongoing investigations. Surachate was previously involved in controversy in 2019 when he was removed from the force without explanation.

Despite these legal issues, it is important to note that the allegations against Surachate are unrelated to the high-profile investigation into premeditated murder involving a Spaniard and a Colombian individual. This case has garnered significant media attention, with Surachate previously serving as the face of the investigation and providing updates to the public.

The release of Surachate on bail marks a significant development in this case as he will now have time to mount his defense while awaiting trial.

In conclusion, it is important to remember that all individuals are innocent until proven guilty by law and that justice must prevail regardless of who may be involved.

By Aiden Johnson

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