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Royal decorations recalled from disgraced former DSI chief Tharit

Jul 12. 2019
Tharit Pengdit
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By The Nation

His Majesty the King has rescinded the royal decorations given to Tharit Pengdit, former chief of the Department of Special Investigation, following his conviction and jailing in two cases.

The King issued a royal command, which was countersigned by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, to retroactively recall the royal decorations, starting from April 3, 2018.

The royal command was issued on Monday and was published in the Royal Gazette on Thursday.

The royal command stated that all of Tharit’s eight royal decoration medals were being recalled following his sentencing in a defamation case and a malfeasance case. He was fired from government service for committing severe disciplinary offences and received jail sentences for both offences. 

On March 2, 2017, the Appeals Court sentenced Tarit to jail for two years but suspended the jail term after he was convicted for making an unlawful transfer of one of his subordinates at the DSI.

On December 14, 2018, Tharit was jailed at the Bangkok Remand Prison after the Supreme Court upheld the guilty verdict against him for defaming Suthep Thaugsuban when Suthep was deputy prime minister in the Abhisit Vejjajiva government. He gave an interview to accuse Suthep of corruption in a project to build 396 police stations around the country and the Supreme Court sentenced him to one year in jail and refused to suspend the jail term.

Following the coup, Tarit was removed as the chief of DSI and seconded to an inactive advisory post at the PM’s Office before he was fired. 

The royal command states that Tarit was deprived of the following royal decorations:

- Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant

- Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand

- Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant

- Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand

- Knight Commander (Second Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant

- Knight Commander (Second Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand

- Commander (Third Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant

- The Chakra Mala Medal

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