Thai PM Prayut to get names of 100 corrupt officials next week

Thai PM Prayut to get names of 100 corrupt officials next week
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha.

PRIME Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha will soon get a list of more than 100 government officials suspected of being involved in corruption, for consideration of how to act against them.

The Centre for National Anti Corruption (CNAC) has compiled the list, which will be submitted to the secretary general of the Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) next week.

The PACC secretary general, who serves as the CNAC secretary, will hand the list to CNAC chair Prayut.

"There is evidence that these officials are involved in corruption," Justice Minister General Paiboon Koomchaya said yesterday.

Paiboon said Prayut will look into the list, try to get facts verified, and grant approval before administrative and disciplinary action is taken against the officials. "This is in addition to the criminal proceedings that the corrupt will have to face," he said.

The Justice minister said the list of corrupt officials was compiled after consultation with the Public-Sector Spending Scrutiny Committee, the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Auditor General, and the PACC.

For senior officials involved in graft, he said transfer orders might need approval from the Cabinet.

"For junior officials, the orders may be issued by a director general of a department or a permanent secretary of a minister," he said.

Paiboon said the list had yet to cover the Bonanza International Speedway's alleged encroachment on forest reserves in Nakhon Ratchasima's Pak Chong district, because the investigation into the case was still ongoing.

An informed source revealed that at least 10 officials were involved in alleged irregularities in the issuing of deeds and documents for Bonanza.

Political links uncovered

Bonanza, which is associated with former politician Paiwong Taechana-rong, also has a golf course that allegedly encroached on forest land.

Nakhon Ratchasima Governor Thongchai Leu-adul said yesterday that laws would be enforced against all encroachers and accomplices. "With the GPS system and aerial pictures, we can identify clearly where encroachments have taken place."

He said provincial authorities had worked with the Second Army Area in reclaiming more than 10,000 rai of forestland already. "I would like to warn anyone who is thinking about encroaching on public land to think twice. The long arms of the law will definitely reach all encroachers one day," Thongchai said.

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