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Watana sentenced to 99 years in jail, allowed bail

Watana sentenced to 99 years in jail, allowed bail

THAILAND: The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions has sentenced former social development and human security minister Watana Muangsook to 99 years in jail for demanding bribes in a low-cost housing project.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 25 September 2020, 08:58AM


Watana Muangsook talks to reporters after the court ruling yesterday (Sept 24). Photo: Apichart Jinakul.

Watana Muangsook talks to reporters after the court ruling yesterday (Sept 24). Photo: Apichart Jinakul.

He was later allowed bail on a surety of B10 million on the condition he must not go abroad without court approval.

If convicted after the appeal, the key member of the Pheu Thai Party will serve 50 years, the longest possible prison term under Thai law.

The court found Watana guilty of demanding bribes from a multi-billion-baht Eua Arthorn housing project initiated by the National Housing Authority, an organisation under the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.

He was found guilty of 11 counts, which carried a jail term of nine years each.

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There were 14 defendants in the case.

The case was among several handled by the Asset Scrutiny Committee set up after the 2006 coup. It was picked up after the 2014 coup by the NACC, which decided the case had ground. Prosecutors later charged Mr Watana with soliciting and accepting bribes while being a state official.

Mr Watana and nine others were accused of demanding kickbacks from developers who built houses for the low-cost housing project.

Watana posted on Facebook his was the first case with the maximum 50-year jail term that was allowed bail. He added he was preparing to go to Parliament to follow the vote on six constitution amendment bills.

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Kurt | 26 September 2020 - 09:59:02

With a ticket for 50 years in thai jail in his pocket, but out on bail ( why, even with appeal success he has to do some years). Than saying with dry eyes he was going from Court to Parliament to follow votes? Huh, a just convicted crook can remain in his sit in Parliament? Well, Why not, even a army officer, after doing years of drugs time in Australian prison can be Minister here.

Capricornball | 25 September 2020 - 13:18:21

Just a common corrupt crook that fell by the wayside of his cronies... which probably do the same damn thing.  Only in Thailand is some cheating millionaire politician get convicted on corruption charges and sentenced to 99 years, then gets out on bail.  I would guess that after he makes the proper "arrangements", the next thing we'll hear is that he fled the country.

 

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