NLA whip expects to set date for opening statements in impeachment case against former Commerce Minister by end of April


BANGKOK, 1 April 2015 – The National Legislative Assembly whip expects the opening statements to take place by the end of this month, in the impeachment of former ministers and civil servant for their alleged involvement in the controversial rice subsidy program.

NLA whip spokesman Jate Sirathranont said that after discussing the impeachment of former Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, former Deputy Commerce Minister Poom Sarapol and former Director General of the Foreign Trade Department Manas Sroyploy, the NLA whip is set to meet again on April 2 to decide when the opening statement in the case will take place.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission has found all three men guilty of causing heavy financial losses to the government and abuse of power in relation to the implementation of the rice subsidy program.

At the next meeting, the NLA whip will also consider whether it will approve the requests for additional evidence.

Mr. Jate added that the opening statements by all involved in the case will likely take place around the end of April.