Deputy Prime Minister Wisanu Krua-ngarm said Thursday that the Legal Execution Department might not be able to confiscate any assets from the defendants tried in courts in connection with the Yingluck government's rice pledging scheme if the department has no clue where the assets are located.

One of the defendants on trial by the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Political Office Holders is former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Mr Wisanu said that civil lawsuits against Ms Yingluck and her former ministers responsible for handling the loss-ridden rice pledging scheme are still pending with the Administrative Court and, so far, there is no order from the court which will enable the Legal Execution Department to proceed with assets seizure to compensate from the loss incurred from the rice scheme.

The deputy prime minister said that it was quite normal that the Legal Execution Department could not seize any assets from the defendants despite an order from the court because it was not known where the defendants' assets were kept.

Ms Yingluck's lawyer, Mr Norawit Laleng, said that he still has 19 defence witnesses who are yet to testify in court in three remaining sessions scheduled on June 29, July 7 and July 21.

He said that he would consider whether to seek permission from the court to present more defence ministers. He added that the court would decide whether he would make his closing statement of the case in writing or verbally.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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