DSI charges two Stark execs

DSI charges two Stark execs

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has pressed charges against two former executives of scandal-hit Stark Corporation for breaching the Securities and Exchange Act, DSI spokeswoman Pichaya Tarakornsanti said on Friday.

The pair were later identified as former chief financial officer Sathar Chantrasettalead and his secretary Yosboworn Amarit.

The DSI has accepted the case as a special case for a month, after the Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed charges with the DSI, accusing Stark Corp and nine others, including the firm's largest shareholder Vonnarat Tangkaravakoon, of financial misconduct.

Ms Pichaya said the DSI also issued a summons to Mr Vonnarat to acknowledge the charge, but he asked to postpone meeting DSI investigators, claiming he was sick. He submitted a medical certificate as evidence.

In addition, the DSI asked Interpol to issue a red notice for Stark Corp's former chairman Chanin Yensudchai -- who is accused of financial misconduct -- after he failed to report to the DSI to acknowledge charges concerning irregularities in Stark's financial statements.

The DSI also asked the Department of Consular Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to revoke the passport of Mr Chanin in accordance with the Ministry of Foreign Affair's regulations.

Investigators submitted a letter to the Land Office, asking it to confiscate two land plots and a house for investigation, she said.

The DSI has also questioned related individuals from Stark Corporation, Phelps Dodge International and Thai Cable International and is also currently checking the transaction routes associated with the case.

Ms Pichaya said DSI director-general Suriya Singhamongkol also urged his DSI investigators to speed up the transaction investigation and gather evidence to take legal action against the alleged wrongdoers.

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