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NACC reveals assets of four ministers who left to join Phalang Pracharat

Apr 26. 2019
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The anti-graft agency on Thursday disclosed the assets and liabilities of the four former Cabinet members who left the government early this year to join the pro-junta Phalang Pracharat Party.

National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) secretary-general Warawit Sukboon disclosed details of their financial reports after they were filed at the NACC headquarters. 

The reports were submitted by former commerce minister Sontirat Sontijirawong, former Prime Minister’s Office minister Kobsak Pootrakool, former science and technology minister Suvit Maesincee and former industry minister Uttama Savanayana. The former ministers are required by law to report their assets and liabilities before assuming a Cabinet post and after leaving it. 

The four, who quit their Cabinet positions on January 30, are now senior executives of Phalang Pracharat, with Uttama the party leader, Sontirat secretary-general, Suvit deputy party leader and Kobsak the spokesperson. 

Sontirat, who is single, reported assets worth Bt144.4 million, with no liabilities. He reportedly became richer by Bt31 million while in office, after having reported assets worth Bt113.2 million when assuming the ministerial post. His assets include jewellery worth over Bt30 million and many coveted Buddha amulets valued at over Bt30 million. 

Kobsak reported assets totalling 25.6 million and liabilities of Bt5.6 million. His wealth reduced by close to Bt3 million compared to when he assumed his Cabinet post.

Suvit has assets valued at Bt86.7 million and a debt of 10.3 million he owes his sister. He became poorer by Bt4 million compared to when he first joined the Prayut Chan-o-cha Cabinet.

His wife Pakakrong has assets worth over Bt15 million, including jewellery worth Bt2 million, property and vehicles.

Uttama’s assets are valued at Bt223.7 million, while he owes Bt2.8 million in bank loans. His wealth increased by Bt13.3 million compared to when he first joined the government.

His wife Ichaya’s wealth stands at Bt93.7 million, including investments totalling Bt62 million, land and buildings valued at over Bt16 million and vehicles worth Bt7.1 million.

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