Appeals Court dismisses charge filed against TAO president by Thung Kha mining firm

The Appeals Court has upheld the Loei provincial court's verdict dismissing the malfeasance charge filed against the president of Khao Luang tambon administration council by Thung Kha gold mining company.

The higher court's verdict was read by the Loei provincial court on Thursday.

Thung Kha company lodged malfeasance charge agsinst Mr Samai Pakdee, president of Khao Luang TAO, Wang Saphung district of Loei, accusing of negligence of duty for failing to call a meeting of the tambon council to consider the company's plea for using forest land to carry on with gold mining operations after its mining concession has expired.

The higher court noted that the company's appeal was received by Mr Samniang Kaewsiri, Mr Samai's predecessor, and the latter was not aware of the case.

On the same day, the provincial public prosecutor had decided to postpone indicting seven Khao Luang villagers and anti-mining activists charged by Thung Kha company until June 27, claiming that they were not ready.

The suspects were supposed to be indicted on Thursday by the prosecutor.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)