Yingluck’s family ‘can continue living in seized house’

DEPUTY Prime Minister Wisanu Kruea-ngarm said today (Feb. 1) that as it is still being ascertained whether or not former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s mansion is a marital asset and that she could still file more appeals, those living there could ask for permission to continue doing so or rent the property, the Thai-language daily Matichon reported.

Ms Yingluck could assign her lawyer to file appeals to suspend the seizing of the house, he said, adding that it is still being ascertained in whose name the Nor Sor 3 Sor Kor 1 title deed is.

Also if it is a marital property then only a part of it could be seized.

On Monday the Administrative Court rejected Yingluck’s request for an injunction against the Finance Ministry’s administrative order that she pay 35 billion baht in compensation for damages allegedly incurred from her government’s  rice-pledging scheme.

This allows the authorities to resume seizing of her assets, with her 110-million baht house being among over 30 of her assets

Upon being asked that according to Article 44 seized assets are to be sold in the market, Mr Wisanu said if the house is found to be an marital asset then doing so could lead to lawsuits, so for that reason it is not advisable to do so yet.

The Legal Execution Department has considered this case and thinks the house should not be sold because more appeals could be filed, he said, adding that right now there are people living there, but it could be sold when it is suitable to do so.

The Legal Execution Department does allow people to live in seized houses but they have to ask for permission or pay rent, he mentioned.

However, as they are no longer the owners they cannot renovate or make changes to the property.


Top: An image of Yingluck and her son overlaid on another image of the gate to her seized mansion. Photo: Matichon