Report: Thai police suspended over alleged gambling network ties

Jenny Ortiz 4 weeks ago
Report: Thai police suspended over alleged gambling network ties

Thailand’s acting national police chief, Pol. Gen Kitrat Panphet, has suspended deputy chief Surachate Hakparn and four other police officers due to their alleged link to an online gambling network.   

According to the report of the Bangkok Post, the suspension, which was signed into effect immediately, underscores the seriousness of the accusations.  

Allegations of money laundering  

The five suspended officers, including Pol. Col. Kittichai Sangkhathaworn and Pol. Lt. Col Krit Pariyaket, are suspected of involvement in money laundering connected to the BNK Master gambling network. The decision to suspend them follows a disciplinary investigation, supported by court-approved warrants for their arrest.  

Government response and legal proceedings   

Following the suspension, Kitrat discussed the matter with Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. The accused officers have the right to petition against the order. Kitrat also initiated a new investigative committee, comprising 14 police officers. The committee will delve into the roles of the suspended officers. Previous investigations revealed intricate financial transactions, including money transfers to personal accounts and cash deliveries to Surachate’s residence.  

Implications for law enforcement   

The report said that the suspension of senior officers and the ongoing investigation sends a strong message about the zero-tolerance stance on corruption and unlawful activities within law enforcement agencies in the Southeast Asian country. It also highlights the importance of ethical conduct and upholding the rule of law.  

Future steps and public confidence   

Moving forward, the actions taken by authorities will be closely monitored, and the outcomes of the investigation will shape public perception of law enforcement integrity. Restoring trust and confidence in the police force hinges on thorough and impartial proceedings.  

Thailand’s move towards legalising casino  

The news comes after the Southeast Asia country made its moves to legalise casinos. Thailand’s government has taken a significant step toward the legalisation of casinos within integrated resorts, with the cabinet endorsing a report from a special House committee that recommends this course of action.   

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