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Police Commission Endorses Removal of Deputy Chief Surachate

The Police Commission has unanimously voted 12-0 to endorse the order by Acting National Police Chief Pol Gen Kitrat Phanphet to remove Deputy Police Chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn from the police service. This decision follows extensive deliberation, lasting two hours, despite the Council of State, the government’s legal advisor, ruling the removal order illegitimate.

On June 25, Surachate submitted a petition to the recently reinstated National Police Chief, Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol, seeking to revoke the April 18 order issued by the acting police chief that removed him from service. Surachate had been charged with collusion in money laundering related to the BNK Master online gambling network.

The sequence of events on April 18 saw Pol Gen Kitrat issuing an order transferring Surachate back to the Royal Thai Police from the Prime Minister’s Office, followed by another order dismissing him from the service. This came after both Surachate and Torsak were transferred to the Prime Minister’s Office by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin in March due to ongoing conflicts between them.

Following the Police Commission meeting, the prime minister informed the media that the Police Commission Secretary-General would hold a press briefing on the discussions and outcomes of the meeting.

Pol Gen Surachate has been actively fighting for his reinstatement as deputy police chief, a position that could have positioned him to become the next police chief given his seniority. He has also threatened legal action against Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, Pol Gen Kitrat, Pol Gen Torsak, and retired Deputy Police Chief Pol Gen Winai Thongsong if he is not reinstated.

Officials in attendance and other stakeholders involved in this significant decision will be further detailed in the upcoming briefing by the Police Commission Secretary-General.

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