A former police chief and brother of a government minister is being investigated by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) over suspicions he accumulated wealth in a suspicious way.
Also being targeted with Pol General Patcharawat Wongsuwan is his one-time assistant Pol Lt-General Boonruang Polpanich. Patcharawat is a younger brother of Prawit, the Minister of Defence in the current Prayut Chan-o-cha government.
An NACC sub-investigative committee recently discovered that the two former police officers jointly owned a horse farm worth about Bt100 million in Kaeng Khoi district, Saraburi province, according to an inside source.
The committee decided to seek more information from witnesses or anyone else connected with horse farming.
In 2014, the NACC set up a committee to investigate the allegation after receiving a complaint about the two high-ranking policemen four years previously.
Patcharawat is also suspected of setting up a company, Somthawin Resort Partnership Limited, to hide his assets.
The resort is in Bang Bo district, Samut Prakan province, and is also said to be worth about Bt100 million. Shareholders of the partnership include Somthawin Wongsuwan, Patcharawat’s wife and Navaporn Wongsuwan, his daughter.
NACC officers visited the resort in May and reported their findings to the subcommittee but said they were keen to find more evidence.
Patcharawat has just been acquitted by the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders of using undue force to disperse a yellow-shirt street rally in 2008 during the Somchai Wongsawat government.
In this case, Patcharawat, former premier Somchai, Chavalit Yongchaiyuth, former deputy prime minister and then Metropolitan Police chief Pol Lt-General Suchart Muenkaew, were accused in 2015 of dereliction of duty and malfeasance by the NACC, which held them responsible for casualties caused by the police operation against protesters. – Asia News Network