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180 people wielding dark influence: House panel


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A TOTAL OF 180 PEOPLE in 66 provinces have been shortlisted by the authorities as persons of dark influence yet to be addressed by law.

House Committee on Administration chair Koravi Prisnanuntakul said today (Oct.25) the 180 unidentified people shortlisted by the Ministry of Interior as persons of dark influence refer to those who might usually use official positions, power and money in dealing with others and take undue gains for themselves or their cronies and associates in the 66 unnamed provinces in all regions of the country with a total of 77 provinces.

Officials of the Ministry of Interior testified before the Koravi panel to the extent that those shortlisted figures would certainly be brought to justice if they were evidently found to have exerted unlawful influence or perpetrated crimes at any time.

Meanwhile, another 625 people have been categorised as those who had earlier exerted unlawful influence upon others but were lately found by the authorities to have already stopped, according to the House committee chair.

Deputy Interior Minister Chada Thaiset who has earlier vowed to suppress all persons of dark influence nationwide attended today’s House committee meeting, following yesterday’s arrest of his son-in-law Verachart Rassamee, the mayor of Talukdu municipality in Uthai Thani, and four others on charges of demanding and receiving 600,000 baht in kickback cash from a waterwork contractor in the central province to which the outspoken Chada is native.


Top: Deputy Interior Minister Chada Thaiset’s son-in-law Verachart Rassamee being arrested yesterday, Oct. 24, 2023. Photo: Matichon

Insert: House Committee on Administration chair Koravi Prisnanuntakul. Photo: Thai Rath

Front Page: Deputy Interior Minister Chada Thaiset. Photo: Thai Rath

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