NACC to probe into assets of ministers linked to rice-pledging scheme


BANGKOK, 5 June 2014 – The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is setting up a sub-committee to probe into the assets of former ministers under the Yingluck Shinawatra Administration involved in the rice-pledging scheme.

The NACC said five former ministers under investigation included Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, Mr. Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisal, Mr. Boonsong Teriyapirom, Mr. Yanyong Puangrat, and Mr. Phum Sarapol.

The sub-committee will inspect assets and liabilities of five ministers connected with the rice subsidy program where a large amount of rice reportedly went missing. Estimated losses from the previous five harvesting seasons under the scheme could also amount up to 500 billion baht.

The NACC earlier indicated that Ms. Yingluck was guilty on dereliction of duty in the rice pledging fraud and voted to bring impeachment proceedings against her.