Top Thai king aide sacked over “extremely evil” conduct

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A senior official at Thailand’s palace and a close aide to King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been sacked for “extremely evil” conduct, a Royal Household Bureau official said on Tuesday.

The allegations against him included exploiting his position for personal gain and political activities that were deemed a threat to national security, according to the bureau.

Jumpol Munmai, 66, Deputy Secretary-General of the household for security and special activities, was dismissed from his post effective Monday.

Due to Thailand’s lese-majesty law, which prohibits comments deemed to defame or insult the country’s monarchy, officials declined to elaborate on what exactly Jumpol was guilty of.

They refused to also mention the further punishment and actions that would be taken against him in addition to his dismissal.

Since ascending the throne on Dec. 1, King Maha Vajiralongkorn has asserted his authority as monarch, including reshuffling royal household officials and appointing the country’s new Buddhist leader.

Thailand has been under military rule since May 2014 coup.

The junta in January promised general elections in early 2018.

In January, the king asked the junta to amend a draft constitution, approved by the majority of Thais in a nationwide referendum in August, in a rare intervention by a monarch. (dpa/NAN)

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