Sorayuth case heads to OAG

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) yesterday forwarded the embezzlement case concerning news anchor Sorayuth Suthassanachinda to the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG).

If it finds the charges against the presenter to be worth pursuing, the OAG will send the file to the court.

On Sept 20, the NACC said it had found evidence of wrongdoing by Sorayuth. The NACC indicted Sorayuth, an executive of the Rai Som Company, for allegedly bilking state-owned Mcot Plc of 138 million baht for surplus advertising time when his company was hired to produce two news programmes for Modernine TV several years ago.

Meanwhile, Sorayuth yesterday failed to show up after a summons from a parliamentary subcommittee on political development and the media. He submitted a letter saying as the case was under investigation by the courts it was inappropriate for him to give testimony.

Representatives of the OAG and the president of the Thai Journalists Association also failed to turn up. After Sorayuth's no-show, subcommittee members decided to ask their parent body, the committee on political development, media and public participation, whether Sorayuth needed to be present.

A failure to respond to a summons could result in a jail sentence or a fine.

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Writer: Aekarach Sattaburuth
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