Thai opposition reminds National Anti-Corruption Commission of 5 expiring cases

16:47, June 21, 2010      

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The leading opposition Puea Thai Party on Monday submitted a letter to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) asking it for a progress in five important legal cases and pointing out the statute of limitations is about to expire in each case, the Bangkok Post's website reported.

The letter was submitted by Puea Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit.

The outstanding cases include a petition seeking the removal of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva for asking mobile phone service providers to send SMSs to customers after he took office; a corruption allegation in a rubber price stabilizing project involving Jurin Laksanavisit while he was deputy commerce minister; and a corruption case against Auditor-General Jaruvan Maintaka.

Another case is against the central bank, Bank of Thailand's ( BOT), Financial Institutions Development Fund (FIDF) and the fifth against former finance minister Tarin Nimmanhaeminda for alleged neglect of duty involving sales of FIDF assets at low prices, causing damages.

If the NACC fails to speed up the cases, the Puea Thai Party would bring legal action against it for neglect of duty, Prompong said.

Meanwhile, the party on Monday afternoon was meeting to decide whether to fill a candidate in the July 25 by-election in Bangkok' s constituency 6, taking into account that the emergency law is still in force, and whether United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) core-leader Natthawut Saikua would be its candidate.

On June 15, Thailand's weekly cabinet meeting approved the July 25 by-election for the Bangkok Constituency 6 as per a proposal of the country's Election Commission (EC).

The by-election is planned to fill the vacant House seat left by ruling Democrat MP Tiva Ngernyuang, who passed away recently.

The candidacy registration will take place between June 28 to July 2. Advance balloting for absentee voters is set for July 17- 18.

The Bangkok Constituency 6 covers Bong Chok, Khlong Samwa, and Bueng Kum district.

Source: Xinhua


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