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    Posted April 21, 2014 by
    Bangkok, Thailand

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    Thai Anti-Bribery: Selective Prosecution or Bureaucratic Backlog?

    The Pheu Thai Party plans to deliver a letter to the besieged National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) seeking updates about any investigation development pertaining to graft and serious human rights violation related to the Democrat Party.

    Mr Prompong Nopparit, a spokesman of the Pheu Thai Party, said there has not been not much progress in the seven cases against the Democrats when compared to the case against Caretaker Prime Minister Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, who has been accused of dereliction of duty over her role in the rice-pledging scheme.

    Critics have said that the NACC practised selective prosecution and some have argued that the core members of NACC are influenced by the neo-fascist movement, the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), which in turn supports the Democrat Party.

    The seven cases as are:

    1) The orders given by then prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban (the present chief of PDRC) in the brutal 2010 army crackdown on red shirt protesters in Bangkok.

    2) Alleged corruption in the construction of 396 police stations.

    3) The orders of Mr. Abhist and Mr. Suthep to shut down satellite signals when the emergency decree was imposed in 2010, disrupting 51 websites, affected internet and press freedom. This is considered as a censorship attempt to silence critics during the crackdown.

    4) Mr Abhisit's comment that the Democrat-led administration had a plan buy back satellite operator Thaicom when he had no authority to do so and did not inform the Thai Parliament about it first.

    5) The Abhisit regime's approval to issue permits for new investment projects in Map Ta Phut industrial estate which may violate the constitution's Article 67, which stipulates that companies planning projects likely to affect the environment and people's health must hold public hearings to gauge local opinion before they could proceed.

    6) Mr. Suthep's alleged corruption in the palm oil industry specially in the south of Thailand.

    7) Mr. Suthep, as former chairman of the National Rubber Policy Committee, allegedly allowed graft to take place in the Office of the Rubber Aid Fund.

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