Thai MP’s duties suspended over corruption charges

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BANGKOK, March 25 (Xinhua) — A Thai lawmaker, who stands accused of serious ethical misconduct in a land encroachment case, was on Thursday ordered by a court to immediately stop performing as a member of parliament (MP).

The Supreme Court delivered the order for the suspension of the legislative duties for Palang Pracharath Party MP Pareena Kraikupt until a final court verdict over the case has been delivered. Court trials are scheduled to begin on April 30.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission has lodged the case of a severe breach of the legislators’ code of ethics against the MP in which she had allegedly managed to illegally occupy 282 acres of a forest reserve in her constituency of Ratchaburi province.

Pareena, daughter of former deputy minister Thawee Kraikupt, has privately run a chicken-raising farm in Chom Bueng district, part of her own constituency, and alleged by the Department of Forestry to have encroached on protected land. Enditem

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