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NACC wants to hear PM's witnesses before Songkran

THE NATIONAL Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has asked caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to coordinate the appearance of her three nominated witnesses in the case relating to the rice-pledging scheme so they can give evidence before the Songkran holiday.

NACC chairman Panthep Klanarongran said the three witnesses would testify in defence of the premier, who is accused of dereliction of duty in connection with the government's rice-pledging scheme.

Panthep said Yingluck would receive fair treatment from the NACC, and would be allowed to present additional evidence.

NACC member Vicha Mahakun said that in this case all the NACC commissioners would consider the evidence carefully, and they had not specified if or when they would indict Yingluck. Now they will consider the additional evidence submitted by the PM.

If indicted, Yingluck must be suspended from duty.

Vicha said the NACC did not see anyone as its enemy. The NACC had the duty to investigate and find out the truth to ensure justice.

Yingluck asked the NACC to allow three additional defence witnesses to testify in her defence.

They are caretaker Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong, Commerce Minister Niwatthumrong Boonsongpaisan and Deputy Commerce Minister Yanyong Phuangrach.

Bancha Porameesanaporn, Yingluck's lawyer, said the NACC allowed only three of 11 witnesses nominated by Yingluck to testify, while there were more important witnesses worth investigating.

Among the nominated witnesses not allowed by the NACC are caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung, deputy police chief Pol General Worapong Chewprecha, deputy secretary-general to the Prime Minister for Political Affairs Pol Maj-General Thawat Boonfueng, and the chairman of the Federation of Accounting Professions, Pichai Chunhavajira.


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