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Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is expected to face charges for failure to deal with problems in the rice-pledging scheme, according to the NACC secretary-general. 

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It now seems quite possible that caretaker Prime Minister will be charged for failure to deal with problems in the rice-pledging scheme, this according NACC deputy secretary-general Witthaya Akhompitak. CHANAT KATANYU

This morning NACC deputy secretary-general Witthaya Akhompitak (holding envelope right) was in the news again as he came out of the NACC offices to accept additional information on irregularities from caretaker chairman of the Thai Farmers' Network, Rawee Rungruang PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD

NACC expected to charge PM over rice

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The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is expected to bring formal charges against caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for her role in the rice-pledging scheme later this month.

NACC deputy secretary-general Witthaya Akhompitak said yesterday that an inquiry panel is expected to conclude the case and bring charges against the premier. An NACC inquiry panel is currently obtaining more evidence to substantiate its case, he said.

Mr Witthaya said the NACC will also question unpaid rice farmers who have asked them to investigate the prime minister and the government.

He said if the panel finds there is enough evidence, Ms Yingluck would face charges of violating Section 157 of the Criminal Code for dereliction of duty. If she is charged, the premier will be given an opportunity to defend herself before the panel forwards the case to the main NACC panel, who would then decide whether to indict her.

If the main NACC panel decides to indict her and take the case to court, she would be required to step down from all official roles.

On Jan 16, the NACC agreed to launch an inquiry into the role of Ms Yingluck when a panel decided to bring formal corruption charges against 15 people involved in government-to-government rice deals, including former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom and former deputy commerce minister Poom Sarapol.

The premier will face criminal charges if the investigation finds that she was negligent in her duties as chairwoman of the National Rice Policy Committee, which oversees the scheme.

Commissioner Vicha Mahakhun previously said the NACC agreed that the case against Ms Yingluck concerned a government policy issue.

He said the inquiry panel has grounds to believe Ms Yingluck may have learnt about problems affecting the rice scheme, but failed to stop them.

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Vocabulary:

caretaker: in charge for a short time, until a new leader or government is chosen - รักษาการ

charge: to accuse someone officially of committing a crime - ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา

charge : an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime - ข้อกล่าวหา

commerce minister: the minister in charge of the Commerce Ministry - รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงพาณิชย์

commissioner: a member of a commission; a group of people who have been formally chosen to discover information about a problem or examine the reasons why the problem exists - กรรมาธิการ ผู้ได้รับมอบหมายอำนาจหน้าที่

committee: a group of people who are chosen, usually by a larger group, to make decisions or to deal with a particular subject - คณะกรรมการ

concern: to be about - เกี่ยวกับ

conclude: to finish; to complete an official agreement or task, or arrange a business deal - จบ

Criminal Code: the systems of laws dealing with crimes and their punishment - ประมวลกฎหมายอาญา

currently: at this time; now - ในปัจจุบัน

deal: a formal agreement, especially in business or politics - ข้อตกลง, การตกลงซื้อขาย, การซื้อขาย

defend: to say things to support someone or something - ปกป้อง

deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง

dereliction of duty: a serious failure to do the things that you are responsible for in your job - การละทิ้งหน้าที่

evidence: information that is used in court to try to prove something - หลักฐานประกอบการไต่สวนคดี หรือพิจารณาคดี

formal: official; following an agreed or official way of doing things - เป็นทางการ

former: of or in an earlier time; before the present time or in the past - อดีต, แต่ก่อน

forward: to send onwards - ส่งต่อ

grounds: reasons for saying or doing something - เหตุผล

indict: to officially accuse someone of a serious crime - ฟ้องร้อง

inquiry: an official examination of a problem, crime,  accident, etc. in order to get information or the truth - การไต่สวนหาข้อเท็จจริง การไต่สวน

investigate: to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it - ตรวจสอบหาความจริง

involved: taking part or having a role in something - เกี่ยวข้อง

irregularity: a situation in which the rules, laws, or usual ways of doing things have not been followed - การปฏิบัติที่ไม่เป็นไปตามระเบียบปกติ

issue: a problem that needs to be considered - ประเด็น

launch: to start something - เริ่มต้น, เปิดโครงการ, เริ่มทำ

National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC): An independent government organisation to investigate corruption carried out by government officials - ปปช. (สำนักคณะกรรมการป้องกันและปราบปรามการทุจริตแห่งชาติ)

negligent: not being careful or giving enough attention to people or things that are your responsibility - ละเลย,ไม่สนใจ

network: a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. - เครือข่าย

obtain: to get something that you want or need, especially by going through a process that is difficult - ได้มา, ได้รับ

opportunity: a chance to do something, or a situation in which it is easy for you to do something - โอกาส

oversee: to watch or organise a job or an activity to make certain that it is being done correctly - คุมงาน,ควบคุม

panel: a group of people who make decisions or judgments - คณะกรรมการ

policy: a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group - นโยบาย

rice-pledging scheme: a government programme in which farmers sell rice to the government at a particular price, with the right to reclaim the rice if the market price goes higher - โครงการจำนำข้าว

role: the purpose or influence of someone or something in a particular situation - บทบาท

scheme: a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people - แผนการ โครงการ

secretary-general: the person who is in charge of the department that deals with the running of a large international or political organisation - เลขาธิการ, เลขาธิการใหญ่

substantiate: to show something to be true, or to support a claim with facts - พิสูจน์, ยืนยัน

violate: to do something that is against a law, rule or agreement - ฝ่าฝืน, ละเมิด

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