Dems: Why not Pongsapat too?

The Democrat Party on Friday called for the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to also summons Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen, the Pheu Thai Party candidate in the Bangkok election, to testify about the awarding of contracts for hundreds of abandoned police station buildings and flats because he has also been implicated in the issue.

Chavanont Intarakomalyasut, the Democrat Party spokesman, was referring to Rak Thailand Party leader Chuvit Kamolvisit's claim that Pol Gen Pongsapat was also to blame for the unfinished projects because he was the one who signed to approve the bidding for the construction of the projects.

Pol Gen Pongsapat did so, when he was still an assistant police chief holding the rank of lieutenant general, in his capacity as chairman of a committee overseeing construction projects.

Mr Chavanont said the DSI could prove that it was not exploiting the unfinished police projects for the political gain of a certain party by inviting Pol Gen Pongsapat to testify.

The Democrat Party spokesman said the DSI was instead trying to put blame on the Democrat Party over the incomplete building projects during the lead-up to the Bangkok governor election. 

DSI chief Tarit Pengdit said earlier former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban would be called in for questioning in connection with the projects.

Mr Chavanont said PCC Development and Construction Co (PCC), which was the sole company contracted to build the two projects, was not a small company as claimed by DSI chief Tarit Pengdit.

According to past records, PCC was one of the firms contracted to build Ua-arthorn housing projects between 2003-2007, while the Thai Rak Thai and People Power parties were the governments.

The Democrat spokesman also questioned why the Yingluck Shinawatra government did not terminate the police stations contract with PCC on seeing that it was unlikely to complete the projects.  Instead, it allowed the contract to be extended three times, 60 days each, or a total of six months.

The RTPO last extended the PCC contract from Nov 7 last year to March 13 this year.  If the contract was not extended, PCC would have been liable to a daily fine of 5.8 million baht for the 180 days.

This had so far cost the state 1.026 billion baht in lost fines, he said.

Pol Gen Pongsapat admitte the revelation by Mr Chuvit might affect his campaign for the March 3 gubernatorial election, butsaid he would not resort to taking legal action against anyone.

He said he had just performed his duty, according to the law, while in that position.


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