Anti-corruption agency dismisses complaint against Thaksin’s sister


BANGKOK, June 21 – Thailand’s anti-corruption agency dismissed a complaint against Yaowapa Wongsawat, younger sister of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, on a petition from the opposition Democrat Party for having unusual wealth. 

Mrs Yaowapa is also the wife of former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat and a former political post holder.

Medhi Krongkaew, commissioner of the National Anti-Corruption Commission Office (NACC), as chairman of a subcommittee to investigate this case, said the NACC voted unanimously to drop the charges, for no links to Mrs Yaowapa’s assets and unusual wealth were found. Neither was there a false declaration of assets.

Regarding her three children, then underaged, buying stocks from four private companies as being Mrs Yaowapa’s nominees, the NACC investigation, which took up to four years, found that the children had legal proof of their stock purchases and they were not their mother’s nominees.

According to the Democrat Party petition, Mrs Yaowapa might have submitted a false declaration of assets and liabilities and she might have transferred the assets of her family to her children while holding a political post.