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Former prosecutors face corruption charges in Phuket land encroachment case

Maya Taylor

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2 former public prosecutors in Phuket face charges of corruption after allegedly seeking a bribe from a company accused of land encroachment in a national park. The Office of the Attorney-General confirms that Thamma Sornchai and Wanchat Choonhathanom are being indicted on bribery charges.

According to a Bangkok Post report, Thamma is accused of asking a foreign-run company for a bribe as the company was facing prosecution for encroachment and land-grabbing in Sirinat National Park, in the northern district of Thalang. The case was brought before the prosecutor in 2019. Both Thamma and Wanchat are accused of demanding 10 million baht from the company. The OAG says the pair demanded the bribe while promising the company the case against it would be dropped and the governor of Phuket wouldn’t overturn the decision.

The OAG ordered an investigation into the pair after a complaint was made against them. The findings of that investigation showed that the bribery demand had taken place. Thamma was dismissed and his accomplice, Wanchat, was transferred out of Phuket.

Meanwhile, an investigation launched by the National Anti-Corruption Commission also found the allegation against both prosecutors to be true and recommended that the OAG should indict them.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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8 Comments

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 11:00 am

    There is a simple way to stop this corruption.
    For instance if a postman has a Mercedes and a yacht bobbing in the bay, they know he has been steaming off the stamps and selling them, but cannot prove it.
    Therefore they charge him with tax evasion. He has an unexplained income and has not been paying his full income tax.
    This is how they jailed Al Capone

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    Michael

    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    @Toby In Thailand there is no will to tackle this. That is the problem. I remember a story about Rolex watches…

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    Kim

    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    @Toby Andrews – According to Simon Small, then he will claim that this is a one off case and everything is perfectly fine and its only grumpy foreigners which like to complain about the integrity and standard of anything corrupt in thailand.

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    James Pate

    Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 6:02 am

    Phuket has all the elements for a perfect storm vortex of corruption: insane prices, underpaid civil servants, local mafia, crooked lawyers, bent cops and foreigners flush with cash. No thanks. You can keep Phuket.

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    Simon Small

    Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 7:21 am

    “According to Simon Small,…” etc

    Absolute balls.

    I’ve made my views on corruption very clear, that it’s endemic and starts at the top, permeating down to all levels of Thai society.

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    Simon Small

    Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 7:30 am

    “…they know he has been steaming off the stamps and selling them, but cannot prove it.
    Therefore they charge him with tax evasion …”

    You’re missing the problem, @Toby.

    The problem isn’t that “they” can’t prove he’s been steaming off the stamps.

    The problem is that “they” don’t want to prove he’s been steaming off the stamps because then “they” would lose their share of the stamps.

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    Kim

    Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 11:46 am

    @Simon Small – you always argue that Thailand is not a 3rd world country, although the generic precursor for a 3rd world country is a highly corrupt judiciary. You obviously like to speak two tongues in order to achieve your hypocrite narrative. You sir are pathetic and full of BS.

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    Steven Ginn

    Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    And what ever happened to the supposed criminal charges for illegal use of public land by Paweena Kraikupt and her and her fathers chicken farms!! CRICKETS, and she still holds her position in the juntas excuse for a government. Same thing will happen to these two Phuket mafioso. NOTHING!

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