NACC to investigate police station construction project

national April 05, 2013 00:00

By The Nation

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The National Anti-Corruption Commission has resolved to launch a graft probe into the National Police's project to build 396 police stations, in which then prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban alleged interfered.

Klanarong Chanthik, a commissioner, said on Thursday that the NACC agreed to merge the report filed by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and the complaint filed by Rak Thailand Party leader Chuwit Kamolvisit.

It then assigned a committee led by Commissioner Wicha Mahakun to investigate five individuals – Abhisit, Suthep, Pol Gen Priewpan Damapong when he was the police chief, Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew when he was the police chief and Pol Maj Gen Suporn Phanseu when he was the logistics commissioner.

The nationwide project was awarded to only one contractor, PCC Development and Construction Co (PCC), which has led to delays, leaving some buildings unfinished. The contract has been extended many times, with the last one coming on March 14, with April 17 the new deadline.

According to the DSI’s investigation report submitted to the NACC, Abhisit and Suthep had breached Article 157 of the Criminal Code by allowing only one bidder to win the contract for the entire project. This was a change from one tender for each of the nine police regions as approved by the Cabinet during the preceding Somchai Wongsawat administration.

Suthep was also found to have violated Articles 11, 12 and 13 of the Bidding Price Collusion Act.

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