Monday, September 21, 2009

Decision on Preah Vihear case Tuesday

Published: 21/09/2009 at 03:05 PM

The National Anti-Corruption Commission is ready to decide on Tuesday whether to indict 36 people including ministers of the Samak Sundaravej cabinet and state officials charged in connection with the cabinet approval on June 17 last year for Thailand to sign a joint communique with Cambodia without seeking advice from parliament, NACC member Somluck Jadkrabuanpol said on Monday.

The joint communique was to support Cambodia's application to list the ancient Preah Vihear temple as a World Heritage site.

The NACC on Nov 13 last year decided to press charges against the Samak cabinet members, except four who were absent, for negligence of duty and violation of Article 190 of the 2007 Constitution, and certain state officials for malfeasance.

Mrs Somluck said the anti-graft agency has thoroughly studied the investigation report on the case and would tomorrow decide whether to indict the 36 accused.

Of the 36, four are members of the current government. They are Deputy Prime Minister Sanan Kachornprasart, Deputy Finance Minister Pradit Pattaraprasit, Information and Communication Technology Minister Ranongrak Suwanchawee, and Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul.

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