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Title: Land officials 'teamed up to sell deeds'
Post by: Johnnie F. on May 31, 2015, 08:17:53 AM
Land officials 'teamed up to sell deeds'


A LAND encroachment investigation in Nakhon Ratchasima province has found that five state officials teamed up to issue land-rights documents for over 1,000 rai that overlapped a forest reserve, agricultural reform land and Army land and sell it to investors, an informed source at the Centre for National Anti Corruption (CNAC) said yesterday.

Officials exaggerated the area of Lam Takhong settlement to overlap Army land, the source said.

Many plots with illegitimate title deeds had been traded from person to person and turned into housing estates, accommodation and a golf course, the source said.

The discovery was related to a case in which nine officials - including some from the Land Office and the Agricultural Land Reform Office (ARLO) - were being probed by a Public-sector Anti Corruption Commission (PACC) subpanel over claims that they wrongfully issued deeds for these types of state land.

The source also cited a recent survey that found Thailand only had 102 million rai of forest left, covering 31.6 per cent of the country - and that was "shrinking" by about a million rai per year.

Meanwhile, PACC secretary-general Prayong Preeyajit yesterday said PACC was compiling information for a big picture of encroachment on national forests. They will include recommendations from 22 agencies in eight ministries and submit them next week to Justice Minister and CNAC chair General Paiboon Koomchaya and Natural Resources and Environment Minister General Dapong Ratanasuwan.

All agencies had gradually put in reports to the CNAC, and most cited a lack of manpower to oversee forests as a major obstacle, Prayong said, while some officials also did not effectively monitor their areas.

The PACC has assigned a sub-panel to probe the Bonanza Khao Yai resort racetrack alleged to have been built illegally on forestland in Pak Chong district, Prayong said. In regard to the probe into Kirimaya Resort and suspicion of land encroachment, officials were gathering evidence, notably aerial pictures, so it would take a while, he said.

Full story: The Nation (http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Land-officials-teamed-up-to-sell-deeds-30261303.html)
Title: Re: police take over the investigation of Bonanza’s forest encroachment case
Post by: thaiga on June 08, 2015, 12:05:48 PM
CSD police take over the investigation of Bonanza’s forest encroachment case

 Pak Chong district police have last week received Nor Sor 3 land certificates from the management of Bonanza resort and speedway in Khao Yai who are facing charges of forest encroachment.

Accompanied by his lawyer, Mr Paiwong Techanarong, the managing director of Bonanza resort, went to the Pak Chong police station to present four Nor Sor 3 Kor documents as a proof that the 100 rai plus land at Khao Nok Yoong and Khao Ang Hin were properly acquired by the company.

The land in question was turned into a car racing circuit but forest officials claimed that the land was located on forest reserves and impounded the land in question pending an investigation.

Mr Paiwong’s son, Mr Phupa, and an executive of Bonanza International Speedway Company which owns and operates the circuit, were charged with forest encroachment.

Pol Col Boonlert Wongwatjana, deputy commander of Nakhon Ratchasima provincial police, said that he was no not responsible for the case as it was taken over by the Crime Suppression Division police.

englishnews.thaipbs.or.th (http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/csd-police-take-over-the-investigation-of-bonanzas-forest-encroachment-case)
Title: Land reform officials jailed for Khao Yai land sale
Post by: Johnnie F. on December 27, 2017, 02:39:11 PM
 A court in Nakhon Ratchasima on Tuesday sentenced 12 officials of the Agricultural Land Reform Office (Alro) to 10 years in jail each for illegally issuing title deeds on reserved agricultural land covering 150 rai near the Khao Yai National Park in the province and selling them for 1.5 billion baht.

Lt Col Kornthip Daroj, acting secretary-general of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), said the Sikhiu Provincial Court handed down the jail sentence to the officials including Chucheep Horkhunthod, a land surveyor of the Alro. Earlier the PACC through public prosecutors charged the officials with malfeasance.
According to Lt Col Kornthip, the PACC joined the 2nd Army to investigate the issuance of title deeds for nine land plots covering 150 rai near the entrance of the Khao Yai National Park in tambon Moo See of Pak Chong district, Nakhon Ratchasima, in April 2015.

The probe found that the officials sought the transformation of a land occupancy certificate in the area into title deeds which illegally encroached on 150 rai of reserved agricultural land supervised by the Alro.

The title deeds were later sold to many government officials at about 10 million baht per rai.

The PACC would later ask the Land Department to revoke the title deeds and return the land to the state, Lt Col Kornthip said.

By law, reserved agricultural land is deteriorated forest land that the Alro kept for farm use and could not be sold.

Bangkok Post (https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/crime/1386190/land-reform-officials-jailed-for-khao-yai-land-sale)