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    • Supreme Court adds 6 years to Boonsong jail term

    Sentence for engineering fake G2G rice deals lengthened to 48 years after appeal

    The Supreme Court on Friday added another six years to the jail sentence of former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, bringing the total to 48 years for his involvement in corrupt government-to-government rice contracts.

    The decision by the courtís Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions was part of a ruling on an appeal filed by Boonsong, former deputy commerce minister Poom Sarapol and 26 other defendants after he was sentenced to 42 years by the same court on Aug 25, 2017.

    Sentences handed down by the division that tries political corruption cases can be appealed under the 2017 Constitution, even though it is part of the countryís highest court.

    The judges took eight hours to read their ruling on Friday. Mr Poomís sentence was upheld at 36 years.

    A total of 28 people, including politicians and government officials, were charged with committing multiple offences in violation of the law on price collusion, the Criminal Code and the anti-corruption law, with reference to the rice scheme.

    In the 2017 ruling, the court found that the G2G contracts to export pledged rice to China were fabricated and in fact involved sales of the pledged rice to private companies in Thailand, which in turn sold them to a third party.

    Mr Boonsong was the only one to have his jail term lengthened, while some others who walked free after the first ruling in 2017 were either fined or received jail terms.

    Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was sentenced in absentia by the court to five years in jail a month later for negligence for failing to stop corruption in her governmentís rice-pledging programme. Yingluck fled the country before the court handed down its ruling in Aug 25, 2017.

    Maybe while in jail and when Boonsong reaches 70 and if he was helping other criminals while in jail heíll get an early release. Can only hope: -
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    stick rice is up land in isarn

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