Pheu Thai calls for anti-graft investigator to be impeached

national March 08, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Members of the Pheu Thai Party yesterday called on the Senate to impeach National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) member Vicha Mahakun.

Senate Speaker Nikom Wairatpanij responded yesterday by saying the senators could convene an extraordinary session to rule on the impeachment request. 
“The removal of an NACC member via an impeachment can be done if at least three-fourths of the senators vote for it,” Nikom explained. 
He also said that he had to check the eligibility of those pushing for the impeachment before a session is convened to rule on the matter. Pheu Thai has submitted a list of the people calling for the impeachment. 
Vicha has been leading NACC investigation into alleged corruption related to the government’s rice-pledging scheme and Pheu Thai members accuse him of not carrying out his duty fairly. 
Pheu Thai’s Pairoj Issaraseripong also told Nikom about the party’s intention to impeach Constitutional Court president Charoon Intachan and five judges. “I will compile a list of those who agree with their impeachment,” Pairoj said, claiming that Charoon and the five judges in question had committed malfeasance. 
The five judges are Jaran Pukditanakul, Nurak Marpraneet, Suphot Khaimuk, Chalermpon Ake-uru and Twekiat Menakanist. 

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