Twelve of Yingluck Shinawatra's bank accounts will be seized by the Department of Legal Execution in the first civil liability action against the ex-premier whose rice-pledging scheme has been alleged to have caused huge financial damages to the country.
Somchai Sujjapongse, permanent secretary for finance, said the Finance Ministry, representing the government as the plaintiff, was also pursuing other assets belonging to the ex-premier.
The asset seizures are stipulated by a civil liability committee's earlier resolution for Yingluck to pay Bt35 billion (S$1.5 billion) in compensation to the state to cover heavy losses in the rice-pledging scheme, estimated to amount to several hundred billion baht.
Ruenwadee Suwanmongkol, director-general of the Department of Legal Execution, said the agency had already received the Finance Ministry's list of Yingluck's bank accounts for seizure.
Besides the civil liability lawsuit, Yingluck is also facing a Supreme Court verdict on a criminal charge in which she is accused of negligence in her official duties while implementing the rice-pledging scheme, resulting in corruption and substantial financial losses.
The high court's verdict is due on August 25.
The civil liability lawsuit has a 10-year statute of limitations, so authorities can list more assets owned by Yingluck to be seized, Somchai said.
He declined to disclose the amount of bank deposits in the 12 accounts to be seized by the government.