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Administrative Court held last hearing on Boonsong’s petition for stay of execution

The Central Administrative Court on Friday (Aug 18) held the last hearing on a petition by former Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, former Deputy Commerce Minister Poom Saraphol and three other ex-commerce officials for a stay of execution of a Commerce Ministry's order freezing their assets to compensate for the loss in the G-to-G rice deals estimated at about 20 billion baht.

The court is yet to rule whether to accept their petition or not.

Mr Boonsong's share of the compensation amounts to 1.77 billion baht while that of Mr Poom amounts to 2.3 billion baht.

The other three ex-commerce officials held accountable for the compensation payment are Mr Manas Soithong, former director-general of Foreign Trade Department; Mr Tikumporn Nartvoratat, former deputy director-general of FTD; and Mr Akkarapong Teepwatchara, former director of Foreign Rice Trade Office.

Boonsong told the media that he and the others decided to petition the Central Administrative Court again for the stay of execution of the order to freeze their assets because, in his case, the Legal Execution Department has impounded eight more bank accounts of himself and his wife after one bank account of his wife was impounded some time ago.

He said he questioned the legitimacy of the order to freeze his assets because the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Offices has not ruled on the G-to-G rice deal in which he and 27 other people were charged by the public prosecutor with corruption.

The court is scheduled to rule on the G-to-G rice case on Aug 25 � the same day that the same court will decide on the fate of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on the rice pledging scheme.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)