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Boonsong assets case verdict postponed

Boonsong assets case verdict postponed

TUESDAY, August 29, 2017

The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases has postponed its verdict on alleged misconduct committed by state agencies regarding the seizure of ex-commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom’s assets in connection with the previous government’s rice-pledging scheme.

Poyjairapee Teriyapirom, the ex-minister’s wife, filed the lawsuit against the chiefs of Departments of Foreign Trade and Legal Executions, after both agencies took action to have the bank accounts of Boonsong frozen as part of the government’s civil liability lawsuit against the ex-minister.
Boonsong has been sentenced to a 42-year jail term for faking government-to-government rice export deals, resulting in Bt16-billion financial damage to the state during the previous government’s implementation of the rice-pledging scheme.
Narin Somneuk, Boonsong’s lawyer, is also preparing to seek the ex-minister’s temporary release from jail, as he will petition the Supreme Court for a review of the sentence.