Thai Regulator Accuses Digital Asset Service Provider of Failing to Comply With Information Request – Matter Referred to Law Enforcement
Thailand’s securities regulator recently said it had referred digital asset service provider Zipmex and its Thai unit chief executive officer, Akalarp Yimwilai, to a technology crime division of the Royal Thai Police. The regulator said it made decision after Yimwilai and his company failed to comply with the request to furnish an official with information relating to customers’ digital wallets.
Zipmex Fails to Share Details on Transfers and Withdrawals on Its Platform
Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (TSEC) said it has referred Zipmex and the digital asset service provider’s Thai unit chief executive officer (CEO) Akalarp Yimwilai to local law enforcement for non-compliance “with the order of the competent official.” In a statement, the regulator said it took action after Yimwilai and his company failed to submit information relating to customers’ digital wallets.
Zipmex is also accused of failing to furnish the TSEC official with details on the transfer and withdrawal of digital assets via its platform. The announcement by the TSEC came on the same day that Zipmex told its customers that it had temporarily suspended baht and cryptocurrency withdrawals.
In its message to customers, Zipmex reportedly claimed the crypto market volatility, as well as problems with major trading partners, had prompted the suspension of withdrawals.
According to a report in The Nation Thailand, Zipmex’s suspension of withdrawals drew an angry response from customers. The report added that in its attempt to pacify furious customers, Zipmex had issued another statement via Facebook promising to lift the suspension by 8 p.m. on September 2022.
Criminal Proceedings Against Zipmex
However, in its statement, the Thai regulator said the actions of Zipmex and its regional CEO violated the Digital Assets Act.
“Such actions by Zipmex and Mr. Akalarp are considered to be in non-compliance with the competent official’s orders. Which is an offence and has a penalty under Section 75 of the Digital Assets Act,” the regulator’s statement explained.
The TSEC said the step it has taken represents the start of a process of criminal proceedings against Zipmex and the CEO.
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Terence Zimwara is a Zimbabwe award-winning journalist, author and writer. He has written extensively about the economic troubles of some African countries as well as how digital currencies can provide Africans with an escape route.
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