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2 Thai ex-govt ministers impeached over alleged rice graft

2 ex-government ministers impeached over rice deal that Thailand's graft watchdog calls bogus

2 Thai ex-govt ministers impeached over alleged rice graft

BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's military-appointed legislature has voted to impeach the former commerce minister and his deputy for alleged corruption in a rice deal the nation's graft watchdog said was bogus.

Members of the National Legislative Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Friday to impeach former Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom and deputy Commerce Minister Poom Sarapol.

The country's anti-graft commission suggested that a government-to-government rice deal that the pair and other government officials oversaw was nonexistent.

The men will face a ban from politics for five years.

The NLA members were chosen by the military junta after it ousted a civilian government in a coup last May.

The legislature also impeached former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in January for overseeing a government rice subsidy program that lost billions of dollars.

Updated : 2021-09-17 10:14 GMT+08:00