By The Nation
iLaw had requested the information seven months ago, but the Office of the Army Secretary had not disclosed the names of the committee which had recruited the senators until November 7, when iLaw received the 63-page statement.
The documents stated that the NCPO appointed Prawit Wongsuwan, Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, Thanasak Patimaprakorn, Narong Pipatanasai, Adul Saengsingkaew, Prajin Juntong, Somkid Jatusripitak, Wissanu Krea-ngam, Chatchai Sarikulya and Anupong Paochinda as members of the committee that recruited the senators.
Most members have worked with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha’s cabinet or are members of the NCPO. Wissanu, who is currently deputy prime minister, was the head of the committee.
The information has led to the question of nepotism as the prime minister’s brother, Preecha Chan-o-cha, Somkid’s brother Som Jatusripitak and Wissanu’s brother Chalermchai Krea-ngam were previously recruited as senators.
According to the documents, the committee was established to facilitate the process of senator recruitment, but the NCPO did not disclose the list of nominees to the public.