Former Thai Police Chief Surachate Hakparn Released on Bail Amid Money Laundering Allegations

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

Surachate Hakparn, the former Thai Police Deputy Chief known as “Big Joke,” has been released on bail after being accused of involvement in money laundering for an online betting network. The arrest warrant was issued after he ignored police summonses in March to cooperate with the investigation. 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 Colombian Edwin Arrieta by Spanish 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 legal proceedings continue, Surachate maintains his innocence and says that he is confident he will be cleared of any wrongdoing in this money laundering case.

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