Monday, March 5, 2007

General Saprang Fleecing the Taxpayers: Spent Over $175 K On One Week Trip to Europe Last Week

Saprang accused of squandering Bt7.2 million in foreign trip

General Saprang Kalayanamitr, assistant secretary general of the Council for National Security(CNS) and chairman of Airports of Thailand (AOT), Monday came under attack for squandering Bt7.2 million on a weeklong trip to England and Germany last week.

Saprang returned to Bangkok yesterday and refused to talk to reporters.

Thai Rak Thai Party executive Chamlong Krutkhuntode alleged Saprang had disbursed unrealistic expenses and voiced suspicion on inflated costs to have paid for accompanying family members not on the official list of the AOT delegation.

On Tuesday, Saprang led the 13member delegation to study safety and security measures at major airports in Europe.

"Work was just a pretext for the overseas trip because so many delegates and accompanying members share the same family name," Chamlong said.

The Nation

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