Rolls Royce bribery scandal probe to finish in 30 days

The minister of transport and the minister of energy yesterday instructed relevant government agencies to finish investigation into the briberies exposed by Rolls Royce within 30 days.

Their instructions came as Rolls Royce admitted of paying bribes to airline executives and politicians in many countries to get purchase contracts of their Rolls Royce engines, and Thailand was among the countries mentioned.

Energy Minister Gen Anantaporn Kanchanarat said that PTT Plc has also been implicated in the Rolls Royce bribery case with regard to the purchase of the company’s machineries used for energy exploration.

An investigative committee has been formed and he instructed it to present its findings within 30 days.

Meanwhile Transport Minister Akhom Termpitayapaisit also stated that he is awaiting the results of an internal Thai Airways Plc’s probe into the bribery charges.

He said THAI president Jarumporn Chotikasathien has been appointed to head the investigative committee and was also instructed to complete the probe within 30 days as well.

The results of the investigation is to be presented to the Cabinet whereby the committee must verify the bribery charges as well as reveal or name of the parties suspected of involvement in this case, he said.

Mr Akhom provided assurance that the government is taking the bribery allegations seriously and relevant offices have already started their probe into the charges.

So far the National Anti Corruption Commission (NACC) and the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) are conducting their own investigations into the allegations and it is hoped that further clarity will be available on completion of the various probes, he added.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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