NACC to question 3 out of 11 witnesses in rice mortgage corruption probe on Yingluck

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BANGKOK, 02 April 2014  – The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has resolved to allow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to bring in 3 witnesses for the NACC to question in the rice mortgage corruption case, out of 11 witnesses that were presented. 

Prime Minister Yingluck asserted on Tuesday she needed to request that more witnesses be brought in because there was involvement from many agencies in the rice pledging program, and they could provide additional information from the side of the accused to the NACC. She said the request was a usual one in justice proceedings, and she hoped the NACC would consider the case fairly and independently after listening to information from all aspects.

According to NACC commissioner Prasat Phongsiwaphai, the 3 witnesses who will provide witness accounts to the commission include Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong Bunsongphaisan, Deputy Commerce Minister Yanyong Phuang-rat and Finance Minister Kittirat Na Ranong. The commission deemed that the remaining witnesses need not make additional accounts to the NACC.