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Ruling Party Whip, Wife Indicted with 85 Others for ฿4.5 Billion Corruption

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The chief whip for Thailand’s ruling party, his wife and 85 others were indicted for corruption over futsai field projects in Nakhon Ratchasima.

Wirach Ratanasate and his wife Thassaneeya, both party list MPs for the Palang Pracharath Party, earlier was charged with corruption by the National Anti-Corruption Commission while he was a member of the Pheu Thai Party.

The indictments were handed down Wednesday at the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions.

The turncoat MP and 86 others are accused of misappropriating a 4.5-billion-baht budget from the 2012 fiscal year. The money had been designated for futsal fields in 18 provinces, including Nakhon Ratchasima.

However, the fields that were built were substandard, unusable and not of a quality that 4.5 billion baht would have bought. Public prosecutors want to know who pocketed the rest of the money.

The couple and three other defendants failed to report to public prosecutors, claiming Covi-19 as their excuse even though they are not infected. Thassaneeya’s sister also was indicted.

The general assembly of the Supreme Court will decide if the court should accept the case for trial and should suspend the duties of the concerned holders of political positions.