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Wiretap clause dumped after storm of criticism

Dec 22. 2017
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By The Nation

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The committee vetting the anti-corruption bill has yielded to heavy criticism over giving the anti-graft agency authority to tap phone calls.

After failing to reach agreement on Thursday, the committee decided on Friday morning to delete the clause from the organic bill governing the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).

The move was made during the second session of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) meeting.

Pol Gen Chatchawan Suksomjit, head of the vetting committee, admitted that the stipulation had triggered serious concern among the general public as well as legislators.

It was best to simply drop the clause, he said.

The stipulation had been widely criticised for its potential to sanction invasion of privacy. The NLA was also concerned that it was vulnerable to abuse in the wrong hands.

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