Former wellknown news anchorman Sorayuth Suthasanachinda was today (Thursday) indicted with the charges of forging documents, using and destroying the forged documents to cover up advertising air time fraud causing over 138 million in damage to Mass Communications Organisation of Thailand.
Also indicted with the same charges were Sorayuth’s Raisom Company, his staffer Ms Montha Thiradet and Mrs Pitchapa Iamsa-ard or Mrs Chanapa Boonto, a former employee of MCOT.
Mr Somnoek Siangkong, spokesman of the Office of the Attorney-General told the media today that the OAG received the indictment file from Huai Kwang police enquiry officers on May 24. However, Mr Sorayuth and his two associates petitioned the OAG challenging that the enquiry officers had no authority to do the case because it was a repeat of another case in which they were already convicted by the Criminal Court.
On February 29, the Criminal Court handed down 13 years and four months jailterms on Sorayuth and Ms Montha and 30 years imprisonment on Mrs Chanapa after they were found guilty of malfeasance in office. The trio have appealed against their conviction to the Appeals Court.
However, Mr Somnoek said a panel of public prosecutors ruled that there are enough evidences to indict the trio and Raisom company with forgery charges but the fraud charges were dropped against Ms Montha and Mrs Pitchapa for insufficient evidences.
The trio were granted bail of 300,000 baht each. The first hearing of the case was scheduled on August 29.