PM orders setting up of panel to follow up cases of criminals that have fled Kingdom
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the establishment of a panel to follow up on cases of criminals that have fled the country, Government Spokesperson Lt-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said on Tuesday.
The PM did not mention any names, but assigned the Foreign Ministry to proceed with the committee’s establishment.
Other concerned agencies, including the Department of Special Investigation, the Royal Thai Police and the Attorney General Office, will have to inform the public from time to time about how they have proceeded with the cases, and the progress they have made, Sansern said.
He quoted the premier as saying that the authorities had not managed to bring any individuals back to face justice after they had fled the Kingdom, so the public had questioned their work as well as that of governments.
For instance, the Foreign Ministry has been slammed for not being serious enough to take action in such flight cases, with some even suggesting there is a conspiracy not to do so, he said.
The government therefore needs to explain to the public about any obstacles that stand in the way of the authorities pursuing legal action, including international law, Sansern added.