PM”s adviser Kittiratt cleared of malfeasance

The Supreme Court determines that the price of wheat to Indonesia in 2011 was legitimately done.

PM's adviser Kittiratt cleared of malfeasance
Kittiratt Na-Ranong, deputy director to the prime minister, walks to a conference in Government House on April 2 this year. ( Photo: Chanat Katanyu )

Previous deputy prime minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong was cleared of wrongdoing by the Supreme Court on Thursday in connection with Indonesia receiving corn in 2011.

Mr Kittiratt, who now serves as chief adviser to Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, was indicted in 2021 after the National Anti-Corruption Commission ( NACC ) found grounds for the allegations against him.

Mr. Kittiratt claimed after leaving the court that he had always carried out his duties with integrity and care, so it came as no surprise that the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division found him not guilty.

As the prime minister’s key adviser, he declared,” I will continue to work to the best of my ability.”

Anek Khamchump, Mr. Kittiratt’s attorney, claimed his client was found innocent because a working group of the Public Warehouse Organization ( PWO ) had already evaluated and approved the rice that was sold to the Indonesian procurement agency Perum Bulog.

Professionals from the ministers of Commerce and Agriculture as well as from various organizations make up the working class. The price was likewise conducted in line with PWO requirements, said Mr Anek.

At the time the Yingluck Shinawatra federal made the deal, Mr. Kittiratt was the minister of commerce as well as the deputy prime minister.

According to the indictment, Mr. Kittiratt allegedly reacted to a plea the Thai Rice Exporters Association had sent to make sure that the purchase to the Indonesian company was conducted freely at the time.

The only candidate to enter was Perum Bulog, who received the corn from Siam Indica. The business, but, broke the agreement because it did not provide the required total.