Ministry calls meet on rice scheme suspects

The Justice Ministry has invited anti-graft agencies to a meeting next week when it is expected to name the people to be probed in the 853 alleged corruption cases connected to the rice-pledging scheme. The Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission last week said it had received 853 complaints of malfeasance mainly against officials at the Marketing Organisation for Farmers, the Public Warehouse Organisation and the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives. Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya said on October 5 that the ministry has called anti-graft agencies to a meeting next week for an overview of the already concluded investigations targeting high-level policy-makers in charge of the rice programme. The meeting will also point out the officials implicated by the complaints who will be sought for prosecution.

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