No need to trigger Article 44

BANGKOK, 30 January 2017: The Thai government will not trigger a clause in Article 44 of the interim constitution to fast-track the Rolls-Royce bribery investigation that may implicate former executives of Thai Airways International.

According to a National News Bureau of Thailand report the government will allow normal legal procedures to take their course.

In response to the criticism that the investigation into alleged bribery by Britain’s Rolls-Royce involving THAI has not made much progress, government spokesperson, Lt Gen Sunsern Kaewkumnerd, said the government understood well that the scandal put a spotlight on the government, but it also recognised that it was important to respect and strictly adhere to standard legal procedures.

inside no 5Under Article 44 of the provisional charter the government could accelerate the investigation.

He said the National Anti-Corruption Commission and the Office of the Auditor General were already working on the case and there was no reason for the government to intervene.

He argued that Article 44 would be activated only under specific circumstances such as when all efforts to reach a resolution through legal channels had been exhausted.

Rolls Royce was found guilty in the UK of bribing numerous Asian airline customers primarily by paying top executives commissions to secure a favourable outcome for its engine sales. THAI was named as one of the airlines identified in the indictment.

The airline’s top management has said a full investigation of the accusations is underway claiming it adheres to a policy of transparency and good governance in all financial matters.

Source: National News Bureau of Thailand