The rise and the fall

national October 22, 2015 01:00

By The Nation

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Suriyan Sujaritpolwong
Suriyan “Mor Yong” Sujaritpolwong was considered one of the top astrologers of the country. His Facebook page said that he was born Suriyan Ariyawongsopon in Trang province but changed his name in 2008 after the family name was bestowed by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince. 
He wrote that when he was seven and out selling newspapers to earn some extra money for his family, he was hit by a car and knocked unconscious. During those several days when he was unconscious, he claimed he had many visions that helped him become an astrologer when he grew up.
He finished Wichianmatu School in his hometown before going to Bangkok to attend high school at Triam Udom School. After graduating, he studied for a bachelor’s degree in mass communications at Bangkok University. 
He became famous as an astrologer after he left university. His clientele included celebrities and famous figures from both Thailand and overseas. 
He then went to London to obtain a master’s degree in advertising design and public relations. After returning, he decided to stop working as an astrologer and focused on youth development and charity activities. 
He became a committee member of several social agencies, including the National Council on Social Welfare of Thailand and the Thai Buddhist Association of Thailand under Royal Patronage as well as in government agencies such as the Justice Ministry.
Mor Yong’s last public appearance, before his arrest on October 14, was when he co-chaired a meeting with PM’s Office Minister Panadda Disakul at the Public Relations Department on the “Bike for Dad” event that will be held on December 11. He has listed his favourite book on Facebook as “This Life … Very Difficult to Understand”.
Pol Major Prakrom Warunprapa
Police Major Prakrom Warunprapa is a superintendent at the Technology Crime Suppression Division. He was transferred from the Information Division of the National Police Office in 1998 before he studied computer science and information technology in the United Kingdom. 
His Royal Thai Police commission was restored by Police General Somyot Poompanmuang and he assumed his current position in January this year. He was promoted from the rank of captain to major when he was recommissioned into the service. He was assigned to trace and investigate websites and social media network for lese majeste content. 
Prakrom has played a crucial role in the investigation of many lese majeste cases, including cases involving former CIB chief Pol Lt-General Pongpat Chayapan, the Pongpat network and Chatrawadee “Rose” Amornpat. 
Jirawong Wattanathewasilp
39, was a secretary to Suriyan Sujaritpolwong. He also was known as “Art Shutter Mahathep” but his profile and background was not available. 

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