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Thursday, March 4, 2021

50 Million Baht Corrupt Land Deal from 1999 Ends in 8 Year Sentence for Former Surat Thani Mayor

One of the accused in the case was murdered in 2001.

When: January 22nd, 2021

Where: Surat Thani

Perpetrators: Mr. Yongyut Wongcharoen, former mayor of Surat Thani; Mr. Kosol Othong; Mr. Manoch Phuak Suwan; Mr. Preecha Thawithong; Mrs. Yisun Inchan; Mr. Nirin Phongam; Mr. Naris Nilwichien; Mr. Phisit Wongwiwat; Mr. Anupong

Victim: the Thai citizens

What: On January 22nd, 2021, a reporter published a story that the Supreme Court made a judgement on a land corruption case from August 4th, 1999. The judgement saw the following sentences:

  • 8 years – Mr. Yongyut Wongcharoen, former mayor of Surat Thani; Mr. Preecha Thawithong; Mrs. Yisun Inchan;
  • 5 years 4 months – Mr. Phisit Wongwiwat; Mr. Anupong
  • 5 years each – Mr. Kosol Othong; Mr. Manoch Phuak Suwan; Mr. Nirin Phongam; Mr. Naris Nilwichien

The case involved the purchase of 4 plots of land, for a total land area of 75 rai, with a budget of 49,990,000 baht on August 4th, 1999.

The land purchase violated regulations set up by the Ministry of the Interior. The land price appraisal was higher than reality and could not fully be utilized. This caused damange to the municipality to the total of 38,191,162 baht.

The NACC filed fraud lawsuits against 18 people related to the case. Surat Thani’s attorney general took action on the case 22 years ago. Three of the accused have since passed away.

The case also involved the murder of Mr. Wittayot Saengsopit on April 10th, 2001, in relation to the corrupt land deal.

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My take: Very interesting case. Three of the accused have died and one was murdered in relation to the case.

It took 22 years for it to come through the courts, and the convicted get between 5 – 8 years.

Where have they been all these years? Who was the man that was murdered, Mr. Wittayot?

Many questions, few answers from the report. Maybe it’s time for a closer look from True Crime Thailand to answer these questions.

Source: https://www.dailynews.co.th/crime/820583

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