Connect with us


NCCC to pursue criminal charges against former Phuket Land Registrar

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: The National Counter Corruption Commission (NCCC) says it will pursue criminal charges against a former Phuket Land Office registrar and a well-known local businessman over an encroachment case dating back to 1997.

NCCC Secretary-General Apinan Issarangkul Na Ayudhaya made the announcement on Tuesday following a meeting in Bangkok.

The commission ruled that former Phuket Land Office Registrar Thawatchai Anukul was at fault for gross dereliction of duty, criminal misuse of power and document forgery.

The ruling follows the commission’s investigation into three Chanote title deeds issued to well-known Phuket land developer Boonkeng Srisansuchart in 2001.

Mr Boonkeng had applied for eight Chanote titles based on a single SorKor 1 title deed covering over 362 rai of land.

The NCCC ruled that a survey of the land specified in the document revealed it to be state forest land.

Two of the title deeds were annulled in November 2005 and the third was ruled invalid on Tuesday.

The commission deemed Mr Boonkeng an accomplice in the case.

The NCCC will forward the case to the Attorney General with the recommendation that he be charged in the Criminal Court, Mr Apinan said.

Thawatchai has been a fugitive since 2003 when the Land Department requested police to pursue his arrest over Chanote titles for a 65-rai plot in Karon and other parcels of land in Phang Nga. The title deeds were said to have been wrongfully issued by the former Phuket Land Office Registrar.

At the press conference, the NCCC also ordered the dismissal of all other Chanote applications lodged based on the fraudulent SorKor 1 document.

Mr Boonkeng also had four land plots seized by the state in June 2004 following a ruling that they had been fraudulently obtained.

Four plots issued to him under SorPorKor 1 land use deeds were returned to the state in September that year following a ruling by the Anti Money Laundering Office.

The Agricultural Land Reform Office (ALRO) ruled that Mr Boonkeng could not occupy the land because he was not qualified to do so. The intended recipients of land under the SorPorKor scheme were landless farmera, and Mr Boonkeng did not fit the category.

For our original report click here.

Mr Boonkeng’s past projects included the Srisansuchart Grandville housing estate on the bypass road in Rassada.


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Best of27 mins ago

Top 5 cookie shops in Bangkok

Drugs1 hour ago

Marine police seize 30 kilograms of methamphetmine from squid fishing boat

Thailand1 hour ago

Thailand News Today | Bars defy bans, Sandbox ‘still on’, vaccine rush | July 28

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand3 hours ago

Thailand to apply for Guinness World Record for longest petrified log

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

Koh Samui bar and club finds 16 Covid-19 infections

Best of4 hours ago

Kanchanaburi’s 5 coolest hotels

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand4 hours ago

Thousands of inmates granted royal pardon on HM the King’s birthday

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Wednesday Covid Update: 16,533 new cases; provincial totals

Best of5 hours ago

5 of the most amazing hotels in Koh Chang

Best of6 hours ago

The best steakhouses in Pattaya serving juicy steak

Coronavirus (Covid-19)8 hours ago

Girls infected with Covid after mother dies at home; public criticises healthcare system

Coronavirus Vaccines8 hours ago

Crowds rush to Bang Sue for vaccination ahead of walk-in registration ending

Coronavirus Thailand8 hours ago

Thai PM predicts current Covid crisis will be over in 2 or 3 weeks – 4 at the most

Coronavirus Vaccines8 hours ago

Health Ministry says all frontline medical workers will get donated Pfizer doses

Coronavirus Vaccines9 hours ago

Study confirms mixing AstraZeneca and mRNA vaccines as good as 2 mRNA doses

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8