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Prayut summons anti-graft agency head over charges against his brother


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

NATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION Secretary General Niwatchai Kasemmongkol was yesterday (Oct. 8) summoned by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for talks in the wake of wealth concealment allegations filed against the premier’s own brother.

Prayut sent for the NACC chief at Government House following the wealth concealment charges earlier filed at the anti-graft agency against his younger brother, namely Preecha Chan-o-cha, who currently acts as a senator and is a former undersecretary of defence and a former member of the state-run Transport Co.’s executive board.

Preecha was alleged of having deliberately failed to divulge factual figures amounting to millions of baht which his spouse, Phongphan, may have deposited at banks plus a six-million-baht house which he is said to possess in Phitsanulok province.

Phongphan’s bank deposits mostly involved a savings cooperative under care of the Phitsanulok-based Third Army Region which Preecha had run as commander several years ago. Preecha and Phongphan are said to possess some 42 million baht and 47 million baht in wealth respectively.

The premier’s brother has already given explanations to a subcommittee attached to the NACC to defend his spouse and himself from the wealth concealment charges.The anti-graft agency’s subcommittee is yet to come up with results of an in-depth investigation.


Top and Home Page: Preecha Chan-o-cha. Both photos: Thai Rath

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