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Anti-Corruption Commission Charges Deputy Education Minister

The Supreme Court accepted a petition today (Friday), filed by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) against Deputy Education Minister Kanokwan Vilawan, for an alleged serious violation of ethical standards related to forest encroachment and damage to a natural resource.

The case relates to the issuance of land title deeds in the Muang district of Prachin Buri province. The NACC alleges that the land was “purchased” in 1990 from a “Mr. Thew Malisorn”, who does not exist. The land is actually located in Khao Yai National Park and the Khao Yai permanent forest boundary. Serious damage allegedly resulted from the issuance of the title deeds, which Kanokwan had owned until taking a position in the Education Ministry.

The court accepted the petition and sent a copy and supporting documents to Kanokwan, who can file an objection within 14 days. Perhaps the most damaging so far is that she was ordered to cease her duties as a deputy minister until the court reaches its decision, which may take several months.

The first hearing is scheduled at 9am on October 5th.

Credit Thai PBS World

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