Former Deputy PM Suthep indicted over development contracts

The National Anti-Corruption Commission has filed an indictment against former Deputy Prime Minister and protest chief Suthep Thaugsuban accusing him of irregularities in police constructions contracts. The charges have been filed yesterday within the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders and are concerning tasks to construct police stations and housing over 10 years ago.
Suthep who has been jailed previously for 4 days when PM Prayut Chan-o-cha rose to power and detained opposing political leaders, in addition to a quick day or two in jail as a half of a 7-year prison sentence he was bailed out of in February of this 12 months.
The new indictment names him and 4 different individuals together with 2 on the committee that permitted the contracts as properly as the firm that was awarded the building contracts. Genuine claims that Suthep combined many contracts to construct 396 police stations and 163 blocks of police housing into one single contract that was then awarded to one firm that failed to complete all of the projects.
The allegations took place when Suthep was Deputy Prime Minister beneath the Abhisit Vejjajiva administration and the NACC claims the committee didn’t correctly vet the firm’s suspiciously low bidding value and accuse Suthep of not consulting different ministers after combining and altering contracts.
The accusations embody a charge that he violated the 1999 anti-price collusion law in combining all the contracts into one awarded to only one contractor instead of spreading the initiatives amongst many companies. As a outcome, an excellent portion of the 396 police stations in the contract value 5.eighty four billion baht ended up being unfinished because the overwhelmed single firm dropped the project. Certified included the 163 blocks of police housing which have additionally suffered nice delays in building.
The NACC has spent the last 2 years poring over proof, documents and meeting minutes to compile the case. The court docket is set to start hearings with the primary one scheduled subsequent 12 months on February 17..

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