Tengoku
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Deputy minister’s father turns himself in over Khao Yai encroachment

Deputy minister’s father turns himself in over Khao Yai encroachment

RAYONG: Soonthorn Vilawan, the father of Deputy Education Minister Kanokwan Vilawan, turned himself in to police in Rayong province this morning (June 21) to answer charges of the illegal occupation of land in Khao Yai National Park.

corruptioncrimelandpolice
By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 21 June 2022, 03:15PM


Soonthorn Vilawan, second from right, chairman of the Prachin Buri Provincial Administration Organisation, reports to Rayong police this morning (June 21). Photo: supplied

Soonthorn Vilawan, second from right, chairman of the Prachin Buri Provincial Administration Organisation, reports to Rayong police this morning (June 21). Photo: supplied

Mr Soonthorn is chairman of the Prachin Buri Provincial Administration Organisation. His daughter has already been charged in the same case.

Prayut Phetkhun, deputy spokesman of the Office of Attorney-General (OAG), said Soonthorn reported to Muang Rayong police.

He was being handed over to the Region 2 office of the Anti-Corruption Commission, headed by director-general Phichit Juthaprachakul, reports the Bangkok Post.

When Soonthorn arrived, public prosecutors would immediately take him to court, the spokesman said.

Soonthorn, his daughter Kanokwan and eight other people have been accused by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) of illegally occupying about 150 rai of land in Khao Yai National Park in Prachin Buri.

Ms Kanokwan reported to the OAG on June 10 to hear the charges. The deputy education minister was taken to the Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases Region 2 in Rayong’s Muang district and indicted.

She was released on bail with B300,000 cash and land title deeds as surety.

Her father failed to show up, prompting a police search for him at five locations in Prachin Buri with a warrant for his arrest. They did not find him.

The OAG decided to indict the deputy education minister and the nine others on June 7 on the recommendation of the NACC.

The commission said it had sufficient evidence to take legal action against them over the issuing and use of three false title deeds to three blocks of land inside the park in Prachin Buri, her home province. Two of them cover a total area of 54 rai inside Khao Yai.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Fascinated | 21 June 2022 - 19:02:24

As he hid long enough for the statute of limitations to run out I guess he is in the clear now.

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
PM ’upbeat’ over tourist numbers

A perfect storm of a global recession , high fuel prices which will flow through to ticket prices on...(Read More)


Expats caught up in Phuket visa scams face being forced to leave the country

Best to get the embassies involved. Spread the word about this scam, which most likely is a "jo...(Read More)


Phuket Governor addresses tsunami fears

Given that he is such a clever airport damage engineer and road flooding engineer.Maybe get out and ...(Read More)


Expats caught up in Phuket visa scams face being forced to leave the country

This highlights a obvious flaw in the current system, what happens if you lose your passport. Emerge...(Read More)


Chinese investors courted

Is anyone keeping count of the hubs- its off the scale. Just another vassal state for the future. Ju...(Read More)


Crew rescued as cargo boat sinks in storm

I wonder if the alleged millions of baht worth of cargo was insured?...(Read More)


Expats caught up in Phuket visa scams face being forced to leave the country

" No mercy for Expats" is the sett up of Immigration and their Agents friends. Their aim i...(Read More)


Expats caught up in Phuket visa scams face being forced to leave the country

Expats caught in visa scam of 2 Agents and Phuket Immigration being forced to leave the country, eve...(Read More)


Officials assure Phuket is prepared for tsunami warning

DDPM-Phuket Chief talks 'keep calm' nonsense. Telling Phuket- (and Phang Nga) people that P...(Read More)