Prominent Thai MP jailed for housing challenge corruption

A Thai MP, who at one point was involved in Thaksin’s Pheu Thai get together, was jailed on Friday for corruption in a housing challenge. MP Watana Muangsook, who left Pheu Thai to affix Thai Sang Thai last 12 months, is charged with eleven counts of corruption, including abuse of energy and demanding bribes.
In 2003, Watana was involved within the Ua Athorn low-cost housing challenge began by former PM Thaksin. Thaksin’s cabinet permitted one billion baht in state subsidies for the 2.5 billion baht challenge. It included one million low-cost residences and homes across Thaialnd. Each unit could be sold for four hundred,000 to seven-hundred,000 baht.
After the 2006 navy coup overthrew Thaksin’s authorities, Thailand’s Assets Examinations Committee investigated allegations in opposition to the federal government of irregularities. The committee discovered that 82.6 million baht from the project’s contractor was paid to Watana via the financial institution accounts of rice dealer Apichart Chansakulporn’s staff. The findings had been handed on to the National Anti-Corruption Commision. In 2016, the commission resolved to send Watana’s case, and the circumstances of thirteen others, to the Office of the Attorney-General.
In 2019, Watana accused the NACC of tampering with witness statements on the scandal.
On Friday, the courtroom confirmed a ninety nine 12 months prison sentence, however Thai legislation allows a most of fifty years.
Watana is 64 years previous. He began as a lawyer in 1982, earlier than transferring into politics in 1996. Pattern is a graduate of Chulalongkorn University..

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