Thailand: Budget panel bribery alleged

Firebrand corruption watchdog Srisuwan Janya on Monday filed a petition asking the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to look into an allegation that MPs in the House sub-committee vetting the budget are demanding millions from state officials in exchange for budget approval.

“MPs involved in graft will face penalties for conflict of interest and corruption offenses. They might also lose their MP status and face a lifetime ban from running in elections if they are found guilty, said Mr. Srisuwan.

He was referring to some MPs in the sub-committee on budget scrutiny and approval who face accusations that they are demanding millions of baht from directors-general of state departments in exchange for getting proposed budgets approved.

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