Prominent Thai MP jailed for housing venture corruption

A Thai MP, who at one point was involved in Thaksin’s Pheu Thai celebration, was jailed on Friday for corruption in a housing project. บริการติดตั้งโซล่าเซลล์ราคาถูก , who left Pheu Thai to affix Thai Sang Thai last year, is charged with eleven counts of corruption, together with abuse of energy and demanding bribes.
In 2003, Watana was concerned in the Ua Athorn low-cost housing project began by former PM Thaksin. Thaksin’s cabinet accredited one billion baht in state subsidies for the 2.5 billion baht venture. It included one million low-cost residences and houses throughout Thaialnd. Each unit could probably be sold for four hundred,000 to 700,000 baht.
After the 2006 military coup overthrew Thaksin’s government, Thailand’s Assets Examinations Committee investigated allegations in opposition to the government of irregularities. The committee discovered that eighty two.6 million baht from the project’s contractor was paid to Watana via the financial institution accounts of rice trader Apichart Chansakulporn’s employees. The findings had been handed on to the National Anti-Corruption Commision. In 2016, the commission resolved to send Watana’s case, and the circumstances of 13 others, to the Office of the Attorney-General.
In 2019, Watana accused the NACC of tampering with witness statements on the scandal.
On Friday, the court docket confirmed a 99 year prison sentence, nonetheless Thai regulation permits a most of 50 years.
Watana is 64 years old. He began as a lawyer in 1982, earlier than moving into politics in 1996. He is a graduate of Chulalongkorn University..

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