The National Anti-Corruption Commission, the NACC is investigating a discrepancy in a statement of assets by Deputy Transport Minister Khun Weerasak Wangsuphakijkosol and his wife Yolada, in which a debt of 10 billion baht was written off within two years.
Worawit Sukboon, the secretary-general of the NACC, said the committee had begun investigating several documents.
“It was found that a 10 billion baht debt previously recorded had recently been written off. But we must give officials enough time to check all documents, ”said the Secretary-General
If the NACC found evidence of hiding wealth, a case would be filed with the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders, he said.
Previous sentences for politicians and government officials for withholding wealth included a five-year ban from politics. The 10 billion baht debt was declared in the “assets and debt” category by Khun Weerasak, a Bhumjaithai party politician and his wife when he became a Member of Parliament in 2019.
Yet the 10 billion baht debt was missing in the latest statement by Khun Yolada, who became president of Nakhon Ratchasima’s provincial administration on January 24 and was obliged to give up her assets.
According to a recent statement by the NACC, the debts totalling 10 billion baht declared by Khun Weerasak two years ago had since become worth 35.5 million baht and were exclusively described as khun Yolada’s overdrafts.
Weerasak says that the 10 billion baht debt was made by someone else and that he declared it two years ago simply because he acted as surety for that person. He said he did not declare it in his updated assets because the debt had been written off.
Weerasak went on to say that he had already submitted documents detailing the debt in question and felt the documents were clear enough that he would not need to explain anything further to the NACC.
Worawit also listed the names of four new ministers who joined the cabinet in the latest reshuffle and said they would not have to relinquish their assets because they had already done so when they became MP.
The four are Weerasak, Minister of Education Khun Treenuch Thienthong, Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Khun Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn and Deputy Minister of Trade, Khun Sinit Lertkrai.
However, these four ministers may choose to relinquish their assets between March 28 and May 26 as a new statement, if they so wish, he concluded the press release.