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Prayuth says transfers made for suitability of current situation

Coup leader Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha asked for public understanding for three transferred senior officials, saying they have done nothing wrong but their transfers were made for the sake of suitability under the current situation, Army deputy spokesman Col Winthai Suwaree said.

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Saturday ordered the removal of national police chief Adul Saengsingkaew, Department of Special Investigation director-general Tarit Pengdit, and Defence Ministry permanent secretary Nipat Thonglek from their positions. They will be transferred to the PM's Office.

Winthai quoted NCPO chief and Army chief Prayuth as saying the transfers did not lessen the honour of the officials and their agencies.

Prayuth will assign the most senior deputy Police chief to be the acting national police chief, the spokesman said.

"All will be done to create trust among members of the society. And [Prayuth] would like the people to have sympathy for the transferred and refrain from showing contempt and hatred towards them because they are not regarded as having committed wrongdoings," Winthai said.

"Please regard that their transfers have been made for the sake of suitability under the current situation. [Prayuth] would like all to provide cooperation to those who become acting holders of the positions."


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