NACC withdraws from the network of 6 to mediate for political reconciliation


BANGKOK, 19 Mar 2014  The National Anti Corruption Commission (NACC) has withdrawn from the network of 6 charter-based neutral public agencies to push for political reconciliation, but instead establishing an investigation team to scrutinize involvement in separatism of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Interior Minister Jarupong Ruengsuwan, and Deputy Commerce Minister Nuttawut Saikua. 

Mr. Sansern Poljiak, the NACC Secretary General, said the NACC’s withdrawal signifies its decision to maintain neutrality in order to perform its main duty of ensuring transparency and eradicating corruption in governmental units. Nonetheless, he said the agency agrees with the roadmap, and it supports the network’s resolution to bring about peace to the political arena.

Previously the Network of Six has formulated a roadmap to find a peaceful means to end the ongoing political deadlock in the nation, suggesting both sides of the conflict find suitable candidates to take part in the negotiations. Both the government and the People’s Democratic Reform Committee have respectfully declined the advice, claiming they could not find such candidates approved by both parties.

Mr. Sansern also stated his agency has agreed to investigate the case against the Prime Minister and two Cabinet ministers over their recent statements which are believed to have been made to incite social divisiveness.

The probe has been requested by the Democrat Party’s legal team. The NACC Secretary-General announced that the commission had accepted into consideration the case concerning inappropriate speeches made during the rally of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) in Nakhon Ratchasima province on February 23rd. All NACC commissioners were appointed as members of the investigative team.