Police officers accompany Nyi Nyi Lwin, center, also known as Shin Gambira, a former Buddhist monk and a leader of the 2007- Saffron Revolution, to a courthouse in Mandalay, Myanmar, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Hkun Lat)
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A well-known high-ranking Thai police officer who disappeared from the public sphere four months ago has been charged with malfeasance, police said Saturday, the latest twist in a shadowy purge of planners behind a birthday parade for the queen.Former police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri was a familiar face who appeared on daily television broadcasts with updates on high profile criminal cases, including the bombing in Bangkok last year that killed 20 people. On Saturday deputy police chief Sriwarah Rangsitpramkul said Prawut, who has not been seen in public since the purge, had also been charged for his involvement in the cycling event, which was led by the 63-year-old crown prince.
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