Impeachment process for ex-FM Surapong set

Anti-corruption watchdogs say the decision by former foreign minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul to restore Thaksin Shinawatra's passports was a serious violation of Section 157 of the Criminal Code. (Photo by Taweechai Tawatpakorn)

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will begin impeachment proceedings on March 9 against former foreign minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul for reissuing cancelled passports to fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) earlier unanimously recommended impeachment and sent its request to NLA president Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, assembly vice-president Surachai Liangboonlertchai said on Friday.

The NACC contends that Mr Surapong seriously violated Section 157 of the Criminal Code for malfeasance, the NACC law and the code of conduct for political officials.

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