B900m more assets frozen

The Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) will freeze additional assets worth 900 million baht as they dig deeper into four major cases, including the probe of defrocked monk Wirapol Sukphol.

Amlo secretary-general Seehanat Prayoonrat said Amlo's transaction panel which convened yesterday agreed to freeze the assets and investigate whether more should be seized.

In the first case, 31 items worth 24 million baht belonging to Mr Wirapol are to be frozen while public prosecutors seek a court order to confiscate the assets permanently, Pol Col Seehanat said.

In the second case, Amlo will freeze 37 assets belonging to Supachai Srisupa-aksorn, a former president of the Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative who has been accused of embezzling money belonging to the cooperative's members.

The total value of the assets is more than 227 million baht, Pol Col Seehanat said. A further 309 items worth more than 633 million baht would probably be frozen as well.

In the third case, Amlo agreed to look at which assets of former deputy interior minister Pracha Maleenont need to be frozen pending a money laundering investigation, Pol Col Seehanat said.

Last week Pracha was handed a 12-year prison term by the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions in the fire trucks and boats scandal.

In the last case, more than 74 million baht in the bank accounts of Digital Crown Holdings Co would be frozen so that a fraud and money laundering probe could continue, Pol Col Seehanat said.

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