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Gunshots pepper Big Joke's car

BANGKOK: A gunman fired at least seven shots at former tourist police chief Surachet Hakparn's parked car while he was in a nearby restaurant in Bangkok's Bang Rak district on last night (Jan 6).

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 7 January 2020, 11:29AM


Bullet holes are evident in the two left doors of a car owned by former Pol Lt Gen Surachet Hakparn, fired by a gunman while the PM's Office adviser was in a nearby restaurant in Bang Rak district last night (Jan 6). Police photo

Bullet holes are evident in the two left doors of a car owned by former Pol Lt Gen Surachet Hakparn, fired by a gunman while the PM's Office adviser was in a nearby restaurant in Bang Rak district last night (Jan 6). Police photo

The shooting was reported to Bang Rak about 9:30pm.

The white Lexus SUV belonging to the once popular police officer was parked outside in the Surawong Sarika Co parking lot. Seven bullet holes were found in the doors on the left side of the vehicle.

Pol Lt Gen Surachet, known as Big Joke, was not in the car at the time. He was at a business meeting in a nearby restaurant.

The adviser to the Prime Minister's Office said after seeing the bullet holes in his car that he was certain the shots had been intended to take his life. However, he had no conflict with anyone, he said.

Pol Lt Gen Surachet rose rapidly through the police ranks during the five-year rule of the military after the 2014 coup, due to his close ties with Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon.

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He was chief of the Police Immigration Bureau until last year, when he was suddenly shunted out of law enforcement circles to the civilian position of adviser at the Prime Minister's Office. The reason for his sudden fall from grace was never explained and remains obscure.

Gen Prawit said today he would not jump to conclusions about last night's attack, whether it was a set-up or a personal conflict. He was awaiting the police investigation report.

Deputy national police chief Wirachai Songmetta said earlier today that forensic experts would examine the bullets extracted from the car doors, to determine what type of firearm was used.

Witnesses said a person on a motorcycle had fired the shorts, he said. Pol Lt Gen Surachet would be called in to give information to police later today (Jan 7).

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Rene | 18 January 2020 - 19:44:06

yep...that guy is out of mind !!! Crazy stupid comments...should be reported 

GerryT81 | 09 January 2020 - 14:20:18

"..a johnny the selfkicker promoter" Wtf  ! What are you talking about ? Looks like the drought reached you already.

Kurt | 08 January 2020 - 12:46:46

Big Joke was never popular, he was just a johnny the self kicker promoter. He is warned now.  Funny that a Minister of Defence and a National Police Chief both give their time to this warning affair. Not at all a matter of national security. To much attention makes more people start 'thinking'. Will be prolonged.

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