Royal household bureau sacks high level official close to the King

The Bureau of the Royal Household (BRH) has dismissed a high-ranking police officer close to King Vajiralongkorn.

On 27 February 2017, the BRH issued an order dismissing Pol Gen Jumpol Manmai, the Grand Chamberlain for security and special activities close to King Vajiralongkorn, from all public services.

The order stated that Jumpol violated the 2008 Civil Service Act by abusing his position for personal benefits.

The dismissal, performed under the Civil Service Act, was signed by Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister.

The order added that he was meddling with politics in ways that were threatening to the security of the crown, causing the King to lose trust in him.

Jumpol is currently under investigation for encroaching onto the land of Thap Lan National Park in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima.

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