NACC to indict ex-MPs over 2013 Senate bill

NACC to indict ex-MPs over 2013 Senate bill

The National Anti-Corruption Commission will decide early next month whether to press a criminal charge of malfeasance in office against four former Pheu Thai MPs for their roles in connection with the 2013 charter amendment to make the Senate fully elected.

The four are former Kalasin MP Khomdej Chaisiwamongkol; former Sakon Nakhon MP Narisorn Thongthirach; former Maha Sarakham MP Yutthapong Jaratsathien; and former Nonthaburi MP Udomdej Rattanasathien.

The first three are accused of swiping the identification cards of absent colleagues to register their votes during parliamentary sessions under the Yingluck Shinawatra-led administration. Mr Udomdej is alleged to have "secretly" swapped a draft charter amendment previously submitted before parliament for a first reading with a different version. The four ex-MPs have denied the charges.

A sub-panel investigating the former lawmakers will submit its findings to the commissioners ahead of a meeting early next month. If the panel’s findings have enough evidence, the graft-busters are expected to indict the group on the day of the meeting. The matter will later be forwarded to the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Persons Holding Political Positions.

If the court hears the case and finds the ex-legislators guilty of malfeasance, they could face between one and 10 years in prison.   

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