Ex-commerce minister Boonsong given 42 years’ jailterm

Former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyaphirom was sentenced on Friday to 42 years' imprisonment after he was found guilty by the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Offices of corruption in connection with the G-to-G rice deal between the Foreign

Trade Department and a Chinese state enterprise, China National Cereals, Oil and Foodstuff Import-Export Corp (COFCO).

The other co-defendants were given different jailterms as follows: former deputy commerce minister Poom Saraphol, 36 years; former Foreign Trade Department director-general of Foreign Trade Department Manas Soiploydamrong, 40 years; former FTD deputy director-general Tikamporn Natvoratat, 32 years; former FTD secretary Akkarapong Chueykliang, 24 years; Siam Indica executive Apichart Chansakulporn or Sia Piang, 48 years.

The court also ordered Siam Indica, Apichart and Nimon Rakdee to pay 16,912 million baht in compensation to the state.

Former secretary to Mr Boonsong, Dr Veerawuth Watjanapukka has escaped the trial and is still at large.

The 19th and 22nd to 28th defendants were acquitted by the court.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)