PM suspends Governor Sukhumbhand and Dr Premsak from duties

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha on Thursday invoked Section 44 of the interim constitution to temporarily suspend Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra until there is a change of the order.

In accordance with NCPO Order No 50/2559, M.R. Sukhumbhand still keep his governor’s post but will not receive any pay during the suspension period.

The same order also suspended Dr Premsak Piayura, mayor of Ban Phai in Khon Kaen, from duty without out pay during the suspension period.

The order did not give any details about why the two public servants were suspended from their duties besides saying that agencies concerned would continue investigating the alleged corruption and misuse of authority implicating the two men.

Earlier, M.R. Sukhumbhand was investigated for alleged misuse of the city’s budget for the light tunnel project to promote tourism which came under heavy criticism for being highly overpriced.

Dr Premsak, meanwhile, was accused of abuse of power arising from his alleged engagement with an underaged girl. He is also under investigation for illegally detaining a reporter in his office and stripping him of his clothes over his report of the alleged relationship with the girl.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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