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Thai graft buster assures UK graft buster Thailand never enforces capital punishment for corrupt officials

The UK-based Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has voiced concern over the death sentence for state official convicted of serious corruption charge in Thailand although it is ready to cooperate with Thai authorities in the investigation of the Rolls Royce bribery scandal.

The concern was voiced as Thai and UK anti corruption officials met at remote video conference yesterday evening.

Secretary-general of the National Anti Corruption Commission (NACC) Sansern Poljiak disclosed after the video conference that the UK anti corruption officials have voiced concerns over a number of Thai government agencies seeking for details of the alleged briberies paid by Rolls Royce to Thai authorities and politicians.

As such, he said that the NACC is preparing documents to reassure the SFO that it is the lead department in charge of handling investigation in the case.

Furthermore, he stated that the NACC wanted to overcome the SFO's hesitance over handing over any information that may result in a death sentence for the guilty by reassuring them that Thailand has thus far not meted out such capital punishment for anyone.

Accordingly, the NACC will also be making it known that it has deemed the invoking of Section 44 of the Interim Constitution unnecessary as it has full jurisdiction and authority in the case.

The UK is concerned that information they released must remain confidential and the department that had received the details must exercise the same degree of discretion, he said.

He said further that as SFO is also handling it's own investigation, and carelessness on our part could jeopardize their case. As such they are understandably hesitant to release any information. It is our job to convince them of our intentions.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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