Former DSI strongman Tarit Pengdith now dismissed from civil service for alleged corruption

The former powerful director-general of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) Tarit Pengdith has been dismissed from civil service after he was ruled guilty of unusual wealth.

The dismissal of the former strongman was recommended by the National Anti-corruption Commission (NACC) to the Prime Minister's Office after it found Tarit had amassed unexplained wealth of about 345 million baht when he was in power at the DSI.

Tarit was transferred to inactive post in the PM's Office in May 2014.

However the recommendation of the NACC to the prime minister for action was later referred to the Office of the Permanent Secretary of the PM's Office instead as the permanent secretary is the immediate boss of Mr Tarit, although the prime minister will be the main boss of all government agencies under the PM's Office.

Under the civil servant law, dismissal is the ultimate disciplinary measure and the dismissed civil servant will lose his pension benefits and welfare.

According to latest development, the permanent secretary has endorsed the dismissals recommendation.

The NACC is now tracing the remaining 245 million baht of Tarit's assets after having frozen 90 million baht from his assets which included cash, stocks, and land.

The NACC is now planning to freeze 100 million baht which it has traced and found were ill-gotten and transferred to individuals who included his wife, children, and close friends.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)