Vatana, 8 others found to have illegally issued land title deeds

Bangkok Post 15 June 2007

Former deputy interior minister Vatana Asavahame and eight others illegally issued land deeds for the site designated for the corruption-ridden Klong Dan wastewater treatment project in Samut Prakan, the National Counter Corruption Commission has found.

Commissioner Klanarong Chanthik said yesterday the NCCC agreed unanimously that Mr Vatana, then deputy interior minister, and eight associates committed an offence involving the illegal issuing of land deeds for five plots of land in tambon Klong Dan, Bang Phli district. The land documents were issued in 1992 and 1993.

The blocks of land were sold to the Pollution Control Department at an inflated price, Mr Klanarong said.

The inquiry concluded that the land deeds which had been upgraded from Sor Khor 1 occupation documents did not match the land plots in Klong Dan.

The eight others, who include land officials, are Sommat Donlamin, Chavanat Chomchangwat, Ariya Sukwanrat, Pornchai Disakul, Khomchid Vitchayadecha, Vichai Changthongkham, Kriangsak Tanthatanai and Narong Yodsirachinda.

The NCCC said the nine violated Articles 148 and 157 of the criminal code. The findings will be submitted to the Office of the Attorney-General to proceed with the case in the Supreme Court's political crime section.