Thailand Anti-Corruption Coordination Center confirms progress in Rajabhakti park probe

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BANGKOK – Justice Minister Paiboon Khumchaya confirmed that the Thailand Anti-Corruption Coordination Center has made progress in the investigation into a Rajabhakti park scandal. 

The center has been cooperating with the Department of Special Investigation, the Office of the Auditor General, the police and judicial branch in the probing into allegations that the construction of the army’s historical park in Hua Hin city had been largely prone to corruption and embezzlement.

While some progress in the probe has been reported to the government, those who might have any tip-off useful to the investigators can submit it to the TACCC, said the justice minister who concurrently heads the center. He added that a press conference on progress in the probe might be held at a later date.

Deputy Defense Minister Udomdej Sitabutra earlier dismissed allegations that the Rajabhakti park project had been carried out by corrupt hands involving certain army officers and maintained that it was entirely free of graft, however. Gen Udomdej was in charge of the park project during his time as army commander-in-chief a few years ago.

The army park locates statues of seven great monarchs of Siam, a former name of Thailand.