Corruption name list to be carefully screened

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said corrupted government officials in the name list resubmitted to the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) for review must be carefully screened before facing legal punishment.

He said primary review showed some have their names changed, and some have retired.

This has to be reviewed in details to prevent punishing wrong persons, he said.

Punishment will include transfer, disciplinary penalty, and criminal charge, he said.

Meanwhile Interior Minister Gen Anupong Powchinda said among the list of corrupted officials resubmitted to the PACC are 115 interior officials and three Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) officials.

Most of these officials are central and local government officials, with 3-4 of them are at C 10 level.

They were mostly accused of appropriating disaster relief emergency funds during the period from 2011-2012, and mostly in the northeast provinces.

Most corruption was found to involve the spending of relief funds to people in disaster areas while in reality no disaster has really happened but just a fake disaster, according to a PACC official.