Former immigration chief “Big Joke” ordered by Prime Minister to return to his position at Royal Thai Police, Deputy PM says

Bangkok –

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha has signed an order to have former immigration chief, Police Lieutenant General Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn, returned to a position at the Royal Thai police, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam revealed today.

The Deputy Prime Minister told reporters today, March 9th, that the order of Prime Minister would be to reposition Surachet Hakpal or “Big Joke” from the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister’s Office to a position at the Royal Thai Police.

PHOTO: Prachachat

The order was also to consider another remaining 60 people for reposition. However, those who currently have criminal records at the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) would be difficult to do so, according to the deputy PM.

When being asked about the possibility of Big Joke’s return to the Police Division and his exact role he would take, Wissanu simply said that it was not his position to say so, it was the matter of the Prime Minister. The Royal Thai Police will need to review the order, according to statements made this evening, and determine the next steps.

Last September, Big Joke filed a lawsuit against Prime Minister for allegedly unlawfully issuing him a transfer order to a cabinet advisor. However, the lawsuit was irrelevant and did not influence the Prime Minister’s decision, according to Wissanu.

The Prime Minister stated, however, that Big Joke may not be returning to an active post and that would still need to be decided by the Royal Thai Police.


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National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.