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former Minister of Culture Itthiphol Khunpluem

The Thai police have confirmed that former Minister of Culture Ittiphol Khunpluem has left Thailand.

Ittiphol is accused of abusing his authority in the case of granting an illegal permit to Bali Hai Co Ltd for the construction of a condominium near the base of Pratamnak Hill in Pattaya in 2008 during his tenure as the city's mayor.

According to immigration police information, the fugitive departed for Phnom Penh on August 30th. According to the Secretary-General of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), Ittiphol Khunpluem may avoid arrest as the statute of limitations in his case expires on September 10th.

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