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Joint Staff College trips probed for impropriety


General Surapong Suwana-Adth, chief of the Armed Forces, has ordered a probe of three European field trips taken by Joint Staff College staff and students, which allegedly included visits to tourist attractions, a football match, shopping and a Thames River boat ride.

Details of the trips involving 107 students and teachers were listed on the Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand’s “Watchdog Act” project’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Watchdog.ACT/).
The three 13-day trips followed separate routes across Europe. On Tuesday, the page posted about a trip to England, Wales, Scotland and Germany from March 5-18, 2016 including 33 participants. Another trip’s details posted on Wednesday described a visit to Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden from March 4-17, 2016 with 36 participants. Details about the last trip to Germany, Italy and Switzerland including 38 participants from March 5-18, 2016 were published on Thursday.
The probe led by General Sutthipan Krisanakup, deputy chief of the Armed Forces, will take up to 10 days to complete, Surapong said on Thursday.

Published : March 16, 2017

By : The Nation