The National Anti Corruption Commission (NACC) has allowed the legal team of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to make a copy of additional documentary evidence on the rice pledging scheme fraud case from the agency. The move was unveiled by the NACC Secretary General Sansern Poljiak who stated that the remaining evidence is not crucial to the case and is already available to the defendant. Lawyers argued that the agency possesses more important evidence and has earlier this week requested for those items.
Under the Constitution, the NACC is supposed to be “independent” but their recent handling of the rice pledge case has enraged transparency advocates. The anti-corruption agency’s role in accountability has been severely questioned. (See: Shortcomings of the National Anti-Corruption Commission – http://www.ispacethailand.com/political-en/2744.html)
Critics from both sides of the fence have condemned the NACC for its selective prosecution of public figures while ignoring the corruption of politically motivated tycoons and among the other “independent organizations”.