The operators of two casting factories contracted to build statues for the army’s Ratchapakdi Park project have told police they were asked to pay commission fees, a police source said yesterday. The Ratchapakdi Park project in Prachuap Khiri Khan came under the spotlight after the Central Investigation Bureau launched an investigation into possible irregularities in the project. The CIB is also investigating whether two army officers implicated in the high-profile lese majeste case were involved. However, the army yesterday denied any corruption in its one billion baht project, insisting it was done in line with regulations that left no room for exploitation. The denial came amid media reports that a corruption probe into possible irregularities in the project was now under way.
A source in the investigation team said the owners of two casting factories — one in Bangkok and the other in a nearby province — told police they were asked for commission fees.
And the graft-money is always going to the high(er) paid!