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NCPO takes action against 70 officials for alleged graft, abuse of authority

Jul 25. 2017
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By The Nation

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The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on Tuesday took action against 70 officials and local political office holders for alleged corruption or abuse of authority. 

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, exercising his power as the NCPO chief, has slapped these officials with either suspension from duty or transfers. 

His order took effect yesterday – the day it was published in the Royal Gazette. (( http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2560/E/190/144.PDF))

Under the order, Sathit Indamra is now suspended as an inspector-general at the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning and will be reassigned as deemed appropriate by his adviser. 

As many as 37 executives of local administrative organisations also face suspension without pay. 

Among them are Phetchabun Provincial Administrative Organisation’s chief executive Akaradej Thongjaisod, Pathum Thani Provincial Administrative Organisation’s chief executive Chan Puangpetch, Loei Provincial Administrative Organisation’s chief executive Thanawut Timsuwan, Sakon Nakhon Provincial Administrative Organisation’s chief executive Chaimongkhon Chairop, and Samrong Nuea municipality’s mayor Leukrit Petchbodee, 

Some 24 officials of local administrative bodies are being transferred with the loss of position-affiliated allowances. 

Among them are Sanan Silarat and Decha Puang-ngarm, the chief administrators of the Nakhon Si Thammarat Provincial Administrative Organisation and Pathum Thani Provincial Administrative Organisation, respectively. 

The remainder of the 70 individuals affected by the order are permanent public officials at a number of ministries.

Government Spokesman Lt-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said earlier in the day that the actions were being taken based on information provided by the Anti-Corruption Centre.

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