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Big Joke: Big Pom (DPM Prawit) did not have a cup of coffee for 12,000 baht using public money

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Big Joke: Big Pom (DPM Prawit) did not have a cup of coffee for 12,000 baht using public money

 

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Immigration chief Lt-Gen Surachate "Big Joke" Hakparn has announced the arrest of four men on charges of propagating and sharing fake news.

 

Two more are also wanted - they include the deputy leader of the Future Forward Party (the one with the triangle logo) Pongsakorn Rotchomphu. 

 

They could get five years in jail for their crime. 

 

Lt-Gen Surachate told a packed news conference that the integrity of the government and national security was at risk after it was claimed that Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, the deputy prime minister and Defense Minister - was alleged to have used 82,000 baht of public budget for himself and a few cohorts to have coffee. 

 

It was claimed on the www.one31news.com site that the coffee was 12,000 baht a cup and there was a misleading photo-shopped picture of Prawit and adviser Phaisan Pheutmongkhon, said Surachate. 

 

The arrests were made after a complaint to the tech police - that Surachate also acts for - came from General Burin Thongpraphai.

 

The nabbed suspects were named as Bunyeun Saenkhoon, 43, Wisarut Theerapanyawat, 34, Pricha Thatsana, 31 and thirty eight year old Kasemsan Thuaymat. 

 

Surachate said that in addition to the four already arrested summonses have been issued for Prapreut Jaengthuam, 44, and Future Forward Party deputy Pongsakorn. 

 

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If they don't turn themselves in they will be arrested, said the Lt-Gen, describing the fake news as damaging to the government and a threat to national security. 

 

The crime of making fake news and sharing it can be punished by five years in jail or a 100,000 baht fine or both.

 

Earlier reports in the Thai media suggested that Pongsakorn had admitted to sharing the news. 

 

Thaivisa notes that Surachate has a close relationship with DPM Prawit - known in the Thai media as Big Pom. 

 

Last year it was reported that he was a regular visitor to the DPM's house amid claims that Big Pom was instrumental in Big Joke's meteoric rise through the police ranks.

 

Big Joke is currently head of immigration but often acts on tech issues and matters related to the tourist police.

 

Big Pom is the minister who was embroiled in the expensive watch scandal and who was exonerated after an inquiry.

 

The Future Forward Party is seen as a key opponent and critic of the current government.

 

Source: INN

 

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1 hour ago, Creasy said:

A risk to national security. 🤣

of course you really need to ask yourself, what security -- my watch collection ?

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59 minutes ago, sammieuk1 said:

Looks like the democratically elected junta wants to eliminate the very popular triangle for a fair and honest election in the one horse race🤔

as I said in another thread, someone is feeling threatened  ….

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Where do they sell cups of coffee for 12.000 baht?

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