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Pheu Thai MP told to stop doing duties over attempted extortion charge


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A PHEU THAI MP was yesterday (Dec. 15) ordered by the Supreme Court to immediately stop doing his legislative duties pending a ruling on an attempted money extortion charge filed against him.

The Supreme Court handed out the order for MP Anurak Tangpanithanon of Mukdaharn to immediately stop performing as legislator pending final court judgment pertaining to the allegation lodged by the National Anti-Corruption Commission that he perpetrated a severe breach to the code of ethics by demanding five million baht in payoff cash from Department of Groundwater Resources Director General Sakda Wichiansilp.

Given a seat on a subcommittee attached to the 2021 Budget Committee, the Pheu Thai MP allegedly telephoned the department chief trying to extort the kickback in exchange for his support for the allocation of a government fund for the agency.

If finally found guilty as charged, the lawmaker could be retroactively deprived of his MP status and banned from  political activity for a maximum of 10 years.


Top: MP MP Anurak Tangpanithanon. Photo: Matichon

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