NAAC denies to switch Wicha Mahakhun from inquisitor team on the rice fraud case


BANGKOK, 26 March 2014 The National Anti Corruption Commission (NACC) has denied a request by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s legal team to switch Mr. Wicha Mahakhun from the inquisition committee in the rice mortgage scheme fraud case.

NACC Secretary General Sansern Poljiak said the NACC considered the claim made by the PM’s lawyer team against Mr. Wicha as groundless.

Earlier, the Premier’s legal team filed a request to remove Mr. Wicha from the inquisition committee, claiming that Mr. Wicha, an NACC commissioner, had given an interview that showed disdains and bias against the Premier.

Mr. Sansern said the Prime Minister’s legal team will be formally informed of the NACC’s decision. He also mentioned that the Prime Minister has yet to set the date to give testimony with the NACC, adding that his agency would meet to discuss further action if the Premier failed to show up by the March 31st deadline.

Touching on the investigation into the impeachment of 308 Senators and Members of Parliament involved in the Senate Origin Bill amendment, Mr. Sansern said the NACC should be able to conclude the case by the end of next month.