Thai king fires six ‘extremely evil’ palace officials

Thailand’s king has sacked six palace officials for what has been described as “extremely evil” conduct.

The group includes a woman, a senior police official and two royal guards.

Two separate announcements published in the official royal gazette also said the six had been stripped of their official ranks.

“The king has ordered their dismissal from royal service … because of their severe disciplinary misconduct and deeds that are considered extremely evil,” said one of the announcements.

The move comes just days after King Maha Vajiralongkorn fired his former bodyguard, Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, who was appointed royal consort in July – becoming the first person to be named in the position in almost a century.

A palace statement accused her of being “disloyal” and conducting a rivalry with Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana, who married the king in May just days before his elaborate coronation.

Sineenat’s whereabouts since she was let go are unknown – and Wednesday’s announcements of the six sackings did not link them to her dismissal.Since taking the throne following the death of his revered father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in 2016, Vajiralongkorn has taken more direct control of royal affairs and

the crown’s vast wealth.He has also transferred two military units from the Royal Thai Army to his personal control.

Under Thailand’s strict laws regarding the monarch, it is illegal to publicly criticise him or the royal family, with any insults or defamatory comments punishable by up to 15 years in jail.

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