THE National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) today (Sept. 17) confirmed it has set up a large inquiry committee to investigate former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra for approving the purchase of 10 Airbus A340-500 and A340-600 aircraft by Thai Airways International (THAI) that then allegedly sharply increased its debts, Siam Rath newspaper said.
NACC spokesman Mr. Niwatchai Kasemmongkol said the committee investigating these accusations consists of nine commissioners with Thaksin being one of five people accused.
When asked whether other political office holders aside from Thaksin have been named, Niwatchai said as far as he knew the others are executives of this airline.
Thaksin as prime minister had during 2002-2004 approved the purchase of 10 A340-500 and A340-600 aircraft, totaling approximately 53,536 million baht, as proposed by the Transport Ministry then headed by Mr. Suriya Juangroongruangkit.
Former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. Top photo: Thai Rath, Home Page photo: Siam Rath