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04 July 2010 :: 13:07:00 pm 28675

Abhisit Denies Military Budget Overspending by CRES

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Saturday defended is governments spending of the military budget by the Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES).
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Bangkok, the 3rd of July 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: The premier’s defence of the governments spending of the military budget came after retired Police Lieutenant Colonel Somchai Paetprasert insinuated that the CRES had spent over Bt1 billion on military operations to combat disturbances in Bangkok and the restive Southern provinces.

Lt. Col. Paetprasert, a MP for the opposition Puea Thai Party and Chairman of the House committee on military affairs, remarked that the Bt1 billion spent by the CRES was much more that the budget outlined for military spending on operations to combat developments on the volatile southern provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat.

Premier Abhisit moved to assure that the CRES had followed all procedures in dealing with spending of the military budget stating, “There is no complication, but if any irregularities in disbursements are found, an investigation will be made.” Following the remarks made by Lt. Col. Paetprasert, Abhisit consulted General Anupong Paochinda regarding the CRES handling of the military budget and was left assured that all spending was in line with proper procedures.

The CRES is currently responsible for assessing and investigating the general political situation in relation to the recent Red Shirt protests, reporting to the government with recommendations as to whether to extend the emergency decree. The next consideration by the Cabinet over the emergency decree, currently in place on Bangkok and some north and northeastern provinces, is the 7th of July.

As CRES is assessing the general situation and follows ‘underground movements’, it will consider whether to recommend extending the emergency decree, enforced since April 7, to the Cabinet for its consideration next Wednesday, Mr Abhisit said.

Meanwhile, the premier also commented on a statement made by fugitive, ousted former PM Thaksin Shinawatra regarding his return to Thailand later this year, saying that he was not barred from entering the Kingdom but must face judicial proceedings upon his return. Thaksin, now in self-imposed exile, was sentenced, in absentia, to two years imprisonment over a land purchase scandal involving his ex-wife will he was in power.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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