Bangkok, Thailand (BBN)-Lt Gen Manus Kongpan, a suspect in Rohingya trafficking, has suspended on Wednesday.
Earlier, he has turned himself up at Royal Thai Police Headquarters in Bangkok.
The 58-year-old general had been holed up at an army camp in Nakhon Si Thammarat after a Songkhla court issued a warrant for his arrest on Monday, reports the Channel News Asia.
Lt Gen Manus is the highest military officer implicated in the Thai government’s crackdown on human trafficking rings, sparked by the discovery of a mass grave of trafficked Rohingya in Songkhla province, Southern Thailand last month.
The Thai military has long denied the involvement of any of its officers in human trafficking.
Lt Gen Manus was the commander of the 25th Infantry regiment in Surat Thani province in 2005-06 before moving to the deep south the following year.
In 2008-09 he was the commander of the 42nd Military Circle in Songkhla province being promoted to Army Chief responsible for Chumphon province and then the adviser to the Royal Thai Army in April this year.
According to police sources in Southern Thailand, Lt Gen Manus is an important figure in a regional human trafficking ring.
His name appeared in the accounting books confiscated by the police from another trafficking suspect.
Thai Army Chief Gen. Udomdej Sitabutr on Monday suspended Lt Gen Manus from official duty, and vowed not to interfere with the justice system.
Lt Gen Manus is now the 85th human trafficking suspect wanted by Thai authoritys. So far, 52 suspects have been detained.