Thailand’s anti-graft court opens
BANGKOK: Thailand’s first specialised court for corruption cases opened yesterday following Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s promise to rid the country of endemic corruption.
The Central Court for Corruption and Misconduct located in central Bangkok is set to handle cases of malfeasance involving government officials and state employees.
Corruption was central to the junta’s premise for staging a coup in May 2014 and remaining in power before the promised general election in late 2017, apart from political strife that crippled the Southeast Asian nation for over a decade.
“I think it is a good jump start to reduce corruption in Thailand,” said Kavi Chongkittavorn, a political analyst and veteran journalist.
“It is long overdue,” he said, adding that it is too early to tell if this move would strengthen the prime minister’s position.
The types of cases the court will handle include money laundering, false asset declarations, collusion, bribery and negligence of duty.
Up to 70 cases will be tried in the initial phase, officials said. – dpa