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    • #32
      Rice millers to be charged over pledging scheme
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      • #33
        Mr Boonsong and his 21 associates may face 20 billion baht in compensation for fake G-to-G rice deals

        Former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom and 21 individuals who include commerce officials and businessmen involved in the fake G-to-G rice deals are to face a lawsuit demanding hefty compensation amounting to 20 billion baht for damages from the fake rice deals.

        A well-informed Commerce Ministry source said that investigators into the fake rice deals had come up with a figure of the damages estimated at about 20 billion baht.

        The report figure will be submitted to the Finance Ministry which will work out how much compensation each of the 22 people implicated in the fraud will be held accountable, said the source, adding that Mr Boonsong, the chief suspect, will have to bear the most compensation.

        The source said the Commerce Ministry had been notified by the Office of the Attorney-General about the progress of the probe into the fake G-to-G rice deals which were earlier ruled by the National Anti-Corruption Commission as grounded.

        The OAG is optimistic that it can indict 15 businessmen implicated in the rice scheme with criminal charges.

        Meanwhile, it was reported that the Pheu Thai party had hired 17 Thai and foreign lawyers to help in the defence of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra charged with dereliction of duty for her failure to stop damages to the state caused by the rice pledging scheme estimated at about 500 billion baht.

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        • #34
          Two G-to-G rice trials incorporated as one case

          The Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions has agreed to treat two related cases in the allegedly corrupt government-to-government (G-to-G) rice deals as one, as requested by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).

          In the first case, a former commerce minister and 20 other individuals and companies have been indicted in the Supreme Court in connection with fake government-to-government (G-to-G) rice deals with two Chinese trading companies: Guangdong Stationery and Sporting Goods Import and Export, and Hainan Grain and Oil Industrial Trading Co.

          The 21 defendants have been charged with committing many offences in violation of the law on price collusion, the Criminal Code and the Anti-Corruption Act. If found guilty, they could face a life sentence.

          The OAG, which filed the lawsuit on March 17, 2015, also asked the court to fine them 35.27 billion baht.

          The other case is against seven other individuals and firms implicated in the G-to-G rice deals. The Supreme Court accepted the second case for consideration on Feb 24 this year.

          The seven defendants are: the Kitthavee Yasothon Rice Mill Limited partnership and Kitthavee Yasothon Rice Co and their managing director Thavee Artsamat; KMC Inter Rice (2002) Co and its managing director Pakorn Leesirikul; and Jia Meng Co and its managing director Prapit Manatunya.

          They are charged with helping ex-commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom and 20 other individuals and firms commit graft in relation to the release of pledged rice under the G-to-G scheme.

          At the request of the OAG, the Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to incorporate the two cases as one and renamed the seven defendants in the second case as the 22nd to 28th defendants in the combined case.

          The Supreme Court also approved a request by the 10th to 23rd defendants to cross-examine five witnesses who are Chinese nationals residing in China and Singapore by video conference about the existence of the two Chinese companies -- Guangdong Stationery and Sporting Goods Import and Export, and Hainan Grain and Oil Industrial Trading Co.

          The defendants are to coordinate with the respective embassies or consulates in those countries and with the Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT) to arrange the video conferences at their own expense.

          Mr Boonsong said the examination of witnesses via video conference, the first ever for the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions, should be favourable for the defendants, as the witnesses were involved in the rice deals.

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          • #35
            Court allows foreigners to testify by video-conferencing

            The witnesses for the defendants include five unnamed Chinese businessmen and officials based in China and Singapore, who will testify in the case from their country of residence. It is the first time that the Supreme Court on criminal offences of political office holders has granted permission to hear witnesses via video teleconferencing.

            Former commerce minister Boonsong welcomed the move and said it will prove the status of Guangdong Stationary and Sporting Goods Import and Export, and Hainan Grain and Oil Industrial Trading. He said that he had not asked the court to allow senior executives of these two firms to testify. The two Chinese companies were involved in the allegedly fake G-to-G rice deals.

            Earlier, another state witness in a related rice-pledging case involving former premier Yingluck Shinawatra, testified that the previous government had committed to sell 14 million tonnes under G-to-G deals, but there were valid contracts for only 1 million tonnes.

            These rice-sale contracts were supposed to be a crucial part of the previous government's rice-subsidy scheme for which nearly Bt1 trillion of taxpayers' money was used to buy rice at a price much higher than the prevailing market price, resulting in an estimated loss of Bt500 billion.

            Besides Boonsong, a former deputy commerce minister, and other state officials, as well as executives of seven private firms were also charged in the fake G-to-G rice deal case for collusion in government procurement contracts and other criminal offences.

            Among the private firms involved in this case are Kij Tawee Yasothorn Rice Mill, Kij Tawee Yasothorn Rice Co Ltd, KMC Inter Rice (2002) Co, and Jia Meng Co whose executives were allegedly aiding state officials to violate the laws.

            Meanwhile, the court approved the public prosecutor's request to include more witnesses and evidence in this case, including Duangporn Rodpayad, director-general of the Foreign Trade Department, who will testify on details of G-to-G deals and an official of state-owned Krungthai Bank, who will testify on financial details of these transactions.

            The next hearings are scheduled for Jan 18, Jan 25, and Feb 1 and Feb 15, 2016.Private company executives suspected of involvement in this case have been released temporarily on bail of Bt5 million each.

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            • #36

              Deal with four Chinese firms were not authorised by Beijing as G-2-G deals.

              THE National Anti-Corruption Commission has found new evidence to back the criminal case against former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, who is accused of facilitating fake government-to-government deals during the previous government's rice-pledging scheme.

              Meanwhile, former premier Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday attended the Supreme Court's eighth hearing of a case in which she was charged with negligence in connection with the scheme.

              Yingluck also faces a separate civil liability lawsuit for allegedly causing more than Bt280 billion in damages to the state due to the scheme's heavy losses. The NACC alleged Boonsong and the former director-general of the Department of Foreign Trade, Pranee Siriphun, granted approval for G-to-G rice deals with four Chinese firms which had no authority to act on behalf of the Chinese government to buy rice from Thailand.

              The firms were Haikou Liangmao Cereals and Oils Trading, Haikou Liangyunlai Cereals and Oils Trading, the Hainan Province Land Reclamation Industrial Development and Construction General Corporation, and the Hainan land Reclamation Commerce and Trade Group.

              All four were not authorised by China's state agency responsible for signing G-to-G deals with foreign countries so the contracts were not genuine, the NACC alleged.

              In addition, the NACC alleged that no money was transferred into Thailand to buy the rice from the Thai government since all 46 cheques - worth a combined Bt1.87 billion and issued to the Thai government to pay for the rice - originated in Thailand, with Siam Indiga Co among the sources of funds.

              The cheques are key evidence in the case to try and prove that the G-to-G rice deals used by the previous government to back its claim to have sold rice out of the state inventory following the massive pledging scheme were fake.

              Overall, the rice-pledging scheme caused more than Bt500 billion in state losses.

              The NACC will also follow up on a further investigation into other firms and individuals believed to be involved with the alleged fake G-to-G rice deals.

              Meanwhile, Jirachai Moontho-ngroi, deputy permanent secretary for the PM's Office, yesterday testified before the Supreme Court that a government committee on civil liability in the rice-pledging scheme had found that former premier Yingluck was responsible for more than Bt280 billion in damage caused by the scheme.

              Jirachai was called as a state witness against Yingluck.

              He told the Supreme Court that he was a former chairman of a state committee in charge of inspecting the then government's rice inventory. He was cross-examined by the defendant's lawyer.

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              • #37
                NACC impounds 1.8 billion baht in fake G-to-G rice deals payments

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                • #38
                  So 4 unnamed individuals from overseas companies that falsey claimed billions of baht to be refunded. Wow obviously very credible witnesses. I wonder if any of the missing rice ended up in as a free addative in our favourite brews.


                  • #39
                    Supreme Court begins first trial of fake rice deal scandal

                    The Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Political Office Holders today began the first hearing of testimony by six state witnesses in the controversial fake G-2-G rice deals with China against former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom and 28 other politicians, state officials and business individuals.

                    The hearing today was adjourned from April 27 upon request by the defendants who asked for more time to prepare written testimony to submit to the court to defend the charges.

                    Boonsong and the others were accused by the Office of the Attorney General of corruption and malfeasance over the rice deals to the Chinese government, and price collusion.

                    The state demanded them to pay compensation of 26 billion baht for the damages caused by the fake rice deals.

                    Six witnesses from six state agencies are to testify against the 28 accused.

                    The key witness who divulge the fake rice deal Dr Warong Dechgitvigrom posted on his Facebook page today saying he was ready to give testimony to the court.

                    The trial started at 9.30 am.

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                    • #40
                      PM signs order to claim compensation for rice scheme

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                      • #41
                        Ministry awaits PM's order for Yingluck-era rice sale compensation

                        The Commerce Ministry is waiting for an order from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha demanding that politicians connected with the previous administration's government-to-government (G2G) rice sales provide compensation for financial losses connected to the allegedly fake deals.

                        The prime minister needs to take urgent action before the two-year statute of limitations for the case runs out next February, said Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn.

                        She added her staff was waiting for a reply from the Prime Minister's Secretariat. However, Ms Apiradi said she was confident the measure, recommended by the Council of State, could be carried out before the case expires.

                        Six former Commerce Ministry officials are believed to be linked to the allegedly fraudulent sales and will be asked to pay back to the state a total of 20 billion baht -- an estimate calculated by the Finance Ministry -- if the prime minister issues the order.

                        They are former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, his then-deputy Poom Sarapol, former secretary to the Commerce Ministry Weerawut Wajanaphukka, former Department of Foreign Trade (DFT) director-general Manas Soiploy, his then-deputy Tikhumporn Natvaratat and the DFT's former director of foreign rice trade Akharapong Chuaikliang.

                        A total of 20 individuals and companies -- including the six officials -- face a Supreme Court trial in relation to the G-to-G rice sales to two Chinese trading companies, after the National Anti-Corruption Commission found neither company was authorised by Beijing to handle the deals.

                        Mr Boonsong, Mr Poom and Mr Manas were also impeached by the National Legislative Assembly last year, shortly after former prime minister Yingluck Shinwatra's own impeachment over her alleged dereliction of duty regarding the rice-pledging policy.

                        Ms Yingluck too, may be asked to pay compensation under an administrative order instead of a civil suit, for allegedly failing to stop the corruption in the rice-pledging scheme. The statute of limitations in her case runs until May 2017.

                        Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said Gen Prayut has signed the order demanding compensation from the men

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                        • #42
                          Formal G2G rice sale damage claim begins

                          The Minister of Commerce yesterday signed a formal official document to demand compensation payment from six politicians and senior government officials for the fake government-to-government (G2G) rice sales to China.

                          The signing of the official papers by Ms Apiradi Tantraporn was made after Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has sent an official document designated the minister to sign the compensation claim to demand compensation from six persons held responsible for four fake G2G rice agreements amounted to 6.2 million tons with China.

                          They are Boonsong Teriyapirom, the former commerce minister, Phum Sarahol, former deputy commerce minister, Maj Dr Viravudh Vajanapuka, former secretary of the commerce minister, Manas Soiploy, former director-general of Foreign Trade Department, his deputy Tikamporn Natvorathat, Akrapong Theepvajara, former director of Foreign Rice Trading Office.

                          All the six were ruled guilty of corruption by the National Anti Corruption Commission.

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                          • #43
                            Ex-commerce minister faces lawsuit over rice deals

                            COMMERCE MINISTER Apiradi Tantraporn has insisted that his ministry will file a civil liability case against ex-commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom and five other people for compensation over the allegedly fake government-to-government rice deals signed under the Yingluck government.

                            Besides Boonsong, three other former politicians and two senior commerce ministry officials were named in the case in connection with the rice-pledging scheme.

                            The allegedly fake government-to-government rice deals involving bogus Chinese buyers led to estimated damages of about Bt20 billion, according to a government report.

                            Earlier, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told Apiradi to proceed with the controversial case before the statute of limitations expires in February next year.

                            Apiradi said the ministry would complete its task before the legal deadline, but needed to carefully study the details of the case.

                            The case is sensitive with several agencies involved.

                            Former premier Yingluck Shinawatra faces criminal and civil liability lawsuits similar to those facing Boonsong concerning the rice-pledging scheme, which suffered heavy losses, even though it was popular among farmers who benefited from high rice prices.

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                            • #44
                              Just wonder if all these compensations for so-called losses get implemented , who will own all the rice that's left


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