One of the prominent aides of the former Pattaya City Mayor has surrendered himself to relevant officials after he allegedly was involved in a Waterfront condominium project construction permit that allegedly involved corruption.
First our previous stories:
Mr. Itthiphol Khunpluem, the former mayor of Pattaya and former Thai Minister of Culture, has absconded Thailand for Cambodia by air, after he was wanted for alleged malfeasance involving his issuance of an improper construction permit to the Waterfront condo project.
Efforts are being made to prevent the statute of limitations from expiring for the wanted former Pattaya mayor, Itthiphol Kunplome, who has fled an arrest warrant, related to his involvement in the Waterfront condominium project, to Cambodia to avoid possible legal consequences.
Now for the update:
Colonel Prasong Chalermpan, Commander of the Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) told TPN Media that Mr. Witthaya (name and age were not publicly released by law enforcement), a wanted suspect in the ongoing Waterfront Condo case and aide to the former Pattaya Mayor, has surrendered himself to the PACC.
An arrest warrant from the Thai Criminal Court of Corruption and Misconduct had been issued for him on an accusation of being involved with the project and incorrect permit grants. Mr. Witthaya has denied the charge and said he is innocent and has done nothing wrong.
The former Pattaya Mayor Mr. Itthiphol Khunplume and another nine people in his team allegedly were involved in improper issuance of a building construction permit to construct the controversial Waterfront building near Pattaya Beach at Bali Hai Pier
In total, five people have already surrendered themselves to authorities, meanwhile, Mr. Itthiphol and four other people’s whereabouts are still unknown. Itthiphol is believed to still be in Cambodia after fleeing Thailand, said officials close to the case last week.