NACC to conclude probe on rice pledging corruption case on Jan 16

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BANGKOK, 14 January 2014 The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is set to make a decision this January 16 whether charges will be lodged against individuals alleged to have committed fraud in the rice pledging scheme. 

NACC Spokesman Vicha Mahakhun, in his capacity as head of the subcommittee investigating the government’s rice pledging program, made known that the panel would complete the probe on Thursday and would hold a press conference to announce the verdict as to who would be charged for fraud. He said, thus far, much information had been obtained from the questioning of the complainant’s witnesses.

Previously, the fraud allegations were submitted to the NACC by former Democrat MP Warong Dejkijwikrom. Among the alleged were former Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, the entire cabinet, commerce ministry officials and private entrepreneurs involved.

Asked which of the alleged were most likely to be in trouble, Mr Vicha disclosed there were 3-4 of them, including Mr Boonsong and former Director-General of the Department of Foreign Trade Manas Soiploy.