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NLA panel probing Parliament CCTV bribery scandal


The newly set up fact-finding panel of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will determine whether there is any policy-level corruption involved in the fresh allegations by the United States concerning the CCTV installation project in Parliament 10 years ago.

The case was brought before the NLA by the US Justice Department a few days ago. The department reportedly alleged that bribes were paid to people who claimed to be advisers for the Parliament’s CCTV procurement project.
The allegations prompted the NLA to launch an initial investigation by its vice president before forwarding the report to its president to sign and set up the fact-finding panel.
Air Chief Marshal Weerawit Kongsak, who chairs the panel, said they would determine whether the alleged corruption was at a policy level. The findings will be ready by late next week to be forwarded to the National Anti-Corruption Centre (NACC) set up by the National Council for Peace and Order, he said.
In its first meeting yesterday, the panel learned that there were at least two private firms involved, and it was likely they were the same company. 
Weerawit said the panel would probe how the project was initiated. The panel has contacted the NACC to get information concerning the claims made by the Justice Department, he said.
NLA President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai said at least two procurements of CCTV cameras took place.
However, he said information from the NACC was needed to help establish the facts.
He said the NLA could not approach the US Justice Department for information as it had to wait for the NACC to forward the information to it.
Meanwhile, he said construction of the new Parliament was proceeding smoothly after the NLA had resolved the construction area problem. He said 30 per cent of construction had been completed.
He said the current NLA was not involved in any procurements involving the project.

Published : February 02, 2017

By : Prapasri Ostanon The Nation