Three more indicted in Somdet Chuang’s car scandal


The Department of Special Investigation has decided to charges against three more individuals for alleged involvement in Somdet Chuang’s vintage Mercedes Benz scandal.


The decision to indict Mr Kasemsak Pawangkanant, Mr Metheenan Nitithitiwong and Somnoek Boonprapai came after a meeting of enquiry officers of the DSI and public prosecutors to examine all the relevant evidences pertaining to the smuggled vintage car belonging to the abbot of Wat Paknam Phasicharoen who is also acting supreme patriarch.

The meeting agreed there are sufficient evidences to indict Mr Kasemsak with charge of involvement in the smuggling of the vehicle and to indict the two others with the charge of giving false statements to authorities in order to evade taxes.

Pol Lt-Col Korawat Panprapakorn, director of the special cases operations office of the DSI, said two other people, Mr Pichai Veerasitkul and Mr Vasu Chittipattanakulchai, were also implicated in the offences allegedly committed by Mr Kasemsak.

DSI chief Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang, meanwhile, disclosed that the DSI was waiting for a report of excise tax assessment of the Mercedes and who should be liable to tax payment from the Excise Department.