Yingluck's wealth rose by Bt33m while in office, anti-graft body says

national June 28, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra's wealth increased by some Bt33 million while she was in office, according to the anti-graft agency.

Yingluck was richer by the time she was forced to step down, but other ministers in her Cabinet got poorer, the body said.
As of May 7 when she was disqualified from office following a ruling by the Constitutional Court, Yingluck had assets worth Bt601 million and Bt28 million in debt. Her son Supasek Amornchat had assets worth Bt 1.3 million. Yingluck’s assets excluded those of her unmarried spouse Anusorn Amornchat, who declared assets worth Bt36 million.
Yingluck’s wealth is mostly from stocks she holds in many firms, including SC Asset Corporation, which rose in value during her tenure. 
She also has some cash in a bank account but did not declare a luxury watch, something that former opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva mentioned previously during a parliamentary session. 
Thawatchai Sirithanaphan, chief of asset examination at the National Anti-Corruption Commission, said Yingluck informed the NACC that the watch in question had been sold before she took office but she did not specify the brand or type of the timepiece. 
Former deputy PM and foreign minister Surapong Tovichak-chaikul had assets worth Bt40.5 million and a debt of Bt3.06 million. His assets declined by a total of Bt11.3 million when he was in office – due to loss of investment and devaluation of his vehicles. 
Another former deputy PM, also finance minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong, has assets worth Bt58.9 million and debt of Bt1.3 million. His total assets declined by Bt2.81 million compared to when he took office in January 2012.
Former deputy PM Plodprasop Suraswadi, who is still the richest among ex-Cabinet members, has assets worth Bt970 million and a debt of Bt2.7 million. His assets increased by Bt4 million compared to when he took office in November 2012. 
Former labour minister Chalerm Yoobamrung has assets worth Bt171.1 million without any debt. The value of his assets declined by Bt130,000.

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