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21 December 2010 :: 17:12:35 pm 48012

Judicial Service Commission Dismiss Appeal Court Judge For Corruption

A Judiciary Committee has passed a resolution to sack "Somsak Chantha Kul" the Court of Appeal judge after investigations revealed he was guilty of corruption and having sex with a married woman.
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Bangkok, 20th December 2010 (PDN) : At 1.30 pm, on the 20th December 2010, Mr. Supchoke Sukahrom, the President of the Supreme Court Judicial Committee  (Judicial Service Commission) ruled on the case of Mr. Somsak Chantha Kul, the Court of Appeals judge, who stands accused of having sex with a married woman [accused by her husband], and of being involved in several cases of bribery.The Commission found that the accusations were substantiated and passed a resolution that Mr. Somsak should face disciplinary proceedings and be removed from his governmental position.

Documents and photographs had been submitted as evidence and the Commision said it was clear that Mr. Somsak had had sex with a married woman who worked with him on the several cases in which he is accused of bribery. The cases amount to tens of millions of baht and include:

1. Bribery of 70 million in the case of a company whose management team were accused of violation of the Securities and Exchange Act and misappropriation of property and which also involved many politicians and government ministers.

2. The case of “assisting” a loan shark who was the defendant in a fraud case involving Pyramid schemes. Mr. Somsak asked for 2 million baht in bribes after the defendant was temporarily released. The defendant gave him a 2002 model Mercedes Benz S280 at a price 2.1 million baht and an additional 2 million baht in cash.

3. 3.5 million in bribes to grant provisional release to a foreign man, after the Criminal Court and Court of Appeal had refused the application for release from the accused’s lawyer. Later on the lawyer contacted the woman who had had relations with Mr. Somsak and a contract was signed for a payment of 3.5 million baht in bribes to secure the release of the defendent in September 2009.

Following its investigations the disciplinary committee decided that Mr. Somsak should face disciplinary charges on two counts.  The first case was committing a sexual act with a married woman and the second was receiving bribes in exchange for the temporary release of a defendant. The Judicial Service Commission will implement sanctions to dismiss Somsak from his position in the government.

Warina Punyawan
Pattaya Daily News

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Reporter : Warina Punyawan   Category : Thailand News

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