Corruption probe deepens: Mayor’s office searched again after arrest in southern Thailand

The Anti-Corruption Police performed a second search of the workplace of the Mayor of Bang Kaeo in southern Thailand after his arrest for alleged under-the-table solicitation of 1.5 million baht. The Mayor, Nathapong Taengsuwan, had earlier been taken into custody for reportedly demanding bribes in trade for approving a 13-million-baht LED screen installation venture. Frenzy shocked Nathapong had tried to discard 1,560,650 baht in cash to evade culpability, as beforehand reported.
The arrest and subsequent investigations happened right now, September 22. The Anti-Corruption Police, led by Police Major General Sombat Malai, revealed that after detaining Nathapong for questioning and charging him with “being a state official performing or ignoring duties for private achieve.” He pleaded not guilty.
He subsequently used a cash bond of four hundred,000 baht to temporarily assure his launch. The investigation group now has 30 days to gather proof and witnesses before handing over the case to the National Anti-Corruption Commission.
Police Major General Sombat continued that additional witnesses and evidence are being sought promptly. Today, an order was given to seek for further proof at the Municipality workplace, particularly Nathapong’s workspace, which has been off-limits to unrelated individuals since his arrest.
It is understood that the investigators have secured a quantity of documents and conducted interviews with several related witnesses.
As for Nathapong, it’s known that he submitted a sick depart type, although his whereabouts are currently unknown. Regardless, investigations will lengthen to examine contracts or budgetary allocations for numerous tasks related to the suspect.
In related news, Thai residents suspect that some state officials, including the police, are in collusion with mafia-style influential figures. The National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) carried out a survey that may explore extra into the opinions that the Thai residents have about this case. Read HERE to find out what the survey says

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