BMA officials hear charges over BTS deal
Three officials from the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority, led by city clerk Ninnart Chalitanont, reported to the Department of Special Investigation Tuesday in order to acknowledge charges related to a deal signed for the BTS Skytrain services.
"I have signed a statement acknowledging the charges before providing my rebuttal," Ninnart said.
The DSI cited the Criminal Code and the 1972 Revolutionary Announcement as the basis to accuse the three officials of conspiring to operate the elevated rail network without getting an okay from the Interior Ministry.
The other two suspects are former city clerk Charoenrat Chutikan and Thana Wichaisan of the Traffic and Transportation Department.
Lead investigator Thawal Mangkang said the three suspects were very cooperative, adding that the outcome of the case would hinge on a judicial review of the suspects' mandate based on a number of laws.