National — A French man was arrested on extortion charges after he allegedly went around extorting money from ex-pats in Pattaya, blatantly claiming he had close ties with senior police officers, including the Thai deputy national police chief famously known by his nickname as “Big Joke.” Pol. Gen. Surachate Hakparn, or Big Joke, announced the
French Fugitive Arrested for Alleged Extortion in Bangkok After Claiming Close Police Ties with “Big Joke”
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