NACC to question 4 witnesses linked to the rice pledging program

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BANGKOK, 28 May 2014 – The National Anti Corruption Commission (NACC) is to question four additional witnesses in the rice pledging scheme and also probe the assets and liabilities of political position holders responsible for the scheme.

NACC Secretary General Sansern Poljiak said the decision came during yesterday’s meeting which focused on the project’s damage made during the supervision of former Deputy Prime Ministr and Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan, and Deputy Commerce Minister Yanyong Phuangrach.

The four witnesses are Director-General of the Department of the Internal Trade Somchart Soithong, Permanant Secretary of Finance Rangsan Sriworasat, Inspector of the Ministry of Finance Kulit Sombutsiri, and Managing Director of the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) or his representative. Currently the BAAC’s top position belongs to Mr. Luck Watjananawat.

Meanwhile, the Public Warehouse Organization President Chanutpakon Wongsrinil defended his agency against a recently surfaced claim that three million tons of rice were missing from the warehouse. He explained that the lot had been pulled out for bleaching and delivery. Nonetheless, the PWO President said a committee would be set up to go over the number again.