The Anti Corruption Organisation of Thailand yesterday proposed the prime minister to empower the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to expand its authority to question civilians and seek direct information from international agencies to escalate investigation of bribery scandals that engaged the country.
The proposal was raised at a seminar it hosted to raise public awareness of the controversial exposure of briberies paid to two Thai state enterprises by Rolls Royce.
Under the topic No Rooms for Corrupt People in THAI, PTT, and Thailand over Rolls Royce Briberies, ACOT director Yanyong Pongpanich proposed that Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha invokes Section 44 of the interim constitution to empower the state graft buster with authority to question civilians or non-government agencies and to seek direct information from international government agencies with no need to pass through the Office of the Attorney-General, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which is a matter of time consuming.
This will enable the NACC to speed up investigation and bring the wringdoers to trial faster, he said.
He recalled that NACC spent over 10 years to finish probing into alleged corruption involving the CTX bomb detector scandal and the Bangkok international film show through coordination with the two state agencies.
He also voiced opposition to the internal probe of the briberies by both the THAI and PTT to looj into the briberies, saying independent organisation should be let to handle investigation.
Meanwhile the NACC will have a video conference with the United Kingdom 's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over the Rolls Royce bribery scandal at 6.00pm today.
NACC intends to seek information on the briberies SFO detected and exposed.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)