Deputy Prime Minister Wisanu Krua-ngam yesterday called on state enterprises and government agencies to stand down and let only the National Anti Corruption Commission (NACC) coordinate the UK-based Serious Fraud Office (SFO) for information on Rolls Royce’s bribery paid to Thai corrupt officials.
His comment came after report of the overlapping of responsibilities of several departments that have petitioned the SFO for information on briberies.
Dr Wisanu stated that this has resulted in criticism that there was a significant amount of confusion and lack of coordination by Thai officials.
He said the matter has been compounded by the fact that some confidential details released earlier by the SFO had been made public which is very unprofessional. As such, he has advised all departments to stand-down and allow the NAAC to do its job.
The UK authorities raised two concerns, the number of requests from different departments in Thailand for details, and the desire to preserve the security and confidentiality of their own investigations, he said.
So far no official charges have been filed by the SFO against suspects whose names have not been made public and they will not want their case to be undermined, he said.
Besides, he disclosed that concerns were also raised over the death sentence for such crimes which is prescribed by Thai law.
So we have to reassure them on this as well that none convicted of corruption charge had ever faced with the death penalty in Thailand, he said.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)