The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions has set August 25 to deliver its ruling in a case filed against former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom and 27 other individuals and firms for alleged corruption in government-to-government (G-to-G) rice deals.
The Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) initially filed two separate cases on the alleged corruption in the G-to-G rice deals.
The first case, filed on March 117, 2015, was against Mr Boonsong and 20 other individuals and companies in connection with fake 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.
They are charged with violating the law on price collusion, the Criminal Code and the Anti-Corruption Act.
The second case was filed against seven other individuals and firms implicated in the rice deals. They are charged with supporting Mr Boonsong and the 20 other defendants in the alleged wrongdoings.
The court later combined the two cases into one, with altogether 28 defendants. However, two defendants had escaped.
After an examination of three defence witnesses today (July 5), the court asked the OAG and the defendants to submit their closing statements by August 15 and set August 25 at 9am for the delivery of the ruling in the case.