11 July 2024

Dismissed former senior naval officer, Captain Alongkorn Ploddee, surrendered to police in Sattahip district yesterday (Friday) to acknowledge four charges filed against him.

Police had sought and were granted, by a military court, a warrant for the arrest of Alongkorn, immediately after Defence Permanent Secretary General Worakiat Rattananont had issued an order dismissing him from military service after finding him guilty of gross misconduct.

Alongkorn showed up at Sattahip police station last night to acknowledge the charges of insulting police officers while performing their duty, obstruction of police while performing their duty, coercion and defamation.

The former sailor came under widespread criticism from netizens after a video went viral on social media last month showing a drunken man, in civilian attire and later identified as Alongkorn, the then director of the Real Estate Division based at Sattahip naval base, berating and insulting police and staff of a restaurant.

The incident prompted the commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Navy, Admiral Somprasong Nilasamai and the commander of Sattahip naval base, Vice Admiral Naruedol Kerdnark, to observe the RTN’s traditional self-disciplinary ritual by shaving their heads to take responsibility.