Corruption lawsuit targets AoT, King Power

Anti-graft body alleges major malfeasance

A lawsuit by a key member of the junta's anti-corruption reform efforts claims King Power duty-free operators and Airports of Thailand have conspired to withhold payments of 14.29 billion baht from the state. (Bangkok Post file photo by Walailak Keeratipipatpong)

A lawsuit has been filed against 18 executives and officials of Airports of Thailand (AoT) and King Power Group, the country's sole duty-free operator, for alleged malfeasance in connection with a duty free concession contract, allegedly causing damages of 14 billion baht.

Charnchai Issarasenarak, deputy chairman of the subcommittee on the anti-graft mechanism under the National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA), filed the lawsuit Wednesday at the Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases.

According to the suit, 14 AoT officials, some of them former board members, and four King Power executives colluded to infringe the laws and forged an agreement which allowed the private sector to gain benefits beyond what the contract stipulates.

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