The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has passed a resolution to submit a petition for the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions to revive three cases, two of them involving former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, after the passage into law of an organic bill which allows for trials of fugitive politicians to be held in absentia.

Warawit Sukboon, NACC deputy secretary-general and NACC spokesman, revealed on Dec 7 that the decision to revive the cases follows the enforcement on Sept 29 of the organic law on criminal procedures against holders of political positions.

The new law allows for the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions to revive cases � which have been shelved because the defendants failed to appear for trial as ordered by the court � and renew the trials in absentia.

Mr Warawit said the NACC will ask the Supreme Court to revive three cases filed by the NACC but have been shelved:

1. The alleged corruption involving the Government Lottery Office (GLO)'s two- and three-digit lottery scheme. In this case, Thaksin and 46 others were defendants.

2. The alleged corruption in Exim Bank's 4-billion-baht loan to Myanmar to buy telecommunications equipment from companies affiliated to Shin Corp. Thaksin, who approved the loan, was named the defendant.

3. The alleged corruption in the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's purchases of fire engine and boats. Pokin Polakul and five others, including a private firm, were defendants.

The NACC has empowered two members, Narong Ratamarit and Surasak Sriwichian, to act on its behalf and handle the cases in court.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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