Plod­pra­sop gets 2-year prison term


The Ap­peal Court yes­ter­day sen­tenced ex-deputy prime min­is­ter Plod­pra­sop Suraswadi to two years in prison for his role in the de­mo­tion of a se­nior of­fi­cial at the Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment Min­istry in 2003.

In March last year, the Cen­tral Cor­rup­tion Court found him guilty of malfea­sance and handed down a one-year jail term sus­pended for two years.

In its rul­ing yes­ter­day, the Ap­peal Court found him guilty on two counts un­der Sec­tion 157 and Sec­tion 84 of the Crim­i­nal Code and gave a one-year jail term for each of them.

The court said it de­cided against sus­pend­ing the jail terms be­cause Mr Plod­pra­sop’s ac­tions could have caused se­ri­ous dam­age to the na­tional ad­min­is­tra­tion. The law­suit was lodged by Vi­toon Cha­lay­on­nawin, a for­mer deputy chief of the Depart­ment of Marine and Coastal Re­sources.

Ac­cord­ing to the law­suit, Mr Plod­pra­sop, while serv­ing as the min­istry’s per­ma­nent sec­re­tary, can­celled an or­der pro­mot­ing Mr Vi­toon to be­come di­rec­tor of a forestry of­fice and also en­sured he was trans­ferred to a less in­flu­en­tial post.

Mr Vi­toon cited per­sonal con­flicts as the mo­tive be­hind Mr Plod­pra­sop’s ac­tion.

The court found Mr Plod­pra­sop in­flu­enced Dam­rong Pidech, the then chief of the Royal For­est Depart­ment, to have Mr Vi­toon de­moted.

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