An ad hoc panel was set up at the order of the national police chief, Pol Gen Chakthip Chaichinda, to investigate a complaint by the Revenue Department against operators of zero-dollar tourism business accused of evading taxes worth about seven billion baht.

The panel is headed by Pol Gen Rungrote Saengklam, a national deputy police chief on legal affairs.

Pol Maj-Gen Piyaphan Pingmuang, commander of Economic Crime Division, told the media on Monday that the government had attached importance to the case of zero-dollar tourism business as the case has impacted on the national economy.

While declining to give details of the case, he said that his men were in the process of gathering evidence and he was confident that the evidence already collected was enough to deal with the accused operators.

Pointing out at the substantial amount of documents to be examined, Pol Maj-Gen Piyaphan said officers in charge of the case would take some time to sort out the documents whereas some complainants were already questioned although none of the accused are yet to be interrogated.

Commenting on the recent verdict of the Criminal Court acquitting 13 members of a zero-dollar tour company, the economic crime division commander said that the public prosecutor is yet to decide whether to appeal against the acquittal sentence or not.

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