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27 December 2006 :: 00:12:43 am 29783

Thaksin will return to prove innocence, says legal advisor

BANGKOK, Dec 26 - Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will return to Thailand to defend himself and his family if an assets probe panel levels charges against him over alleged corruption, Noppadol Pattama, a legal advisor to the Shinawatra family said on Tuesday
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Mr. Noppadol told a press conference that he had discussed the matter with Mr. Thaksin Tuesday morning by telephone in his self-imposed exile in Beijing, after the Assets Examination Committee (AEC) announced Monday that it had grounds to believe the ousted premier was involved in the alleged corruption cases.

AEC spokesperson Sak Korsaengruang said the panel found that Mr. Thaksin, former Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit, and 20 other officials had abused their power in the procurement of the baggage handling system and 26 CTX 9000 bomb scanners for Bangkok’s new Suvarnabhumi airport.

The panel also found Mr.Thaksin and his wife Pojaman guilty in regard to the 2003 land purchase in which Khunying Pojaman bought a Bt772 million tract of land in central Bangkok from the Bank of Thailand’s Financial Institutions Development Fund (FIDF) through a bidding process that was allegedly pre-determined in ways that benefited Khunying Pojaman while her husband was in power as prime minister.

Mr. Noppadol reaffirmed that Mr. Thaksin had no involvement in the two cases.

He said both cases were politicised by the Council for National Security (CNS) and the AEC which wanted to demonstrate their achievements during the three months since the CNS, known before as the Council for Democratic Reform (CDR), staged its coup d’etat toppling the Thaksin government on September 19.

Besides, he said, regarding the land deal the assets examiners tried to interpret laws in such a way that Mr. Thaksin and his wife were seen to be guilty.

“When charges are levelled against him, Mr. Thaksin needs to come back to prove his innocence,” Mr. Noppadol said. “He cannot fight charges while living overseas.” As a Thai citizen, the lawyer asserted, Mr.Thaksin has the right to do so.

The Thaksin family attorney presented a letter to the AEC on Tuesday morning, asking to postpone the testimony to the panel of Mr.Thaksin’s son, Panthongtae, daughter Pinthongta, and Khunying Pojaman’s secretary Kanchanapha Honghern, regarding the Shin Corp share transfer from December 27 to a yet-to-be-determined date next month.

Earlier, the AEC had ordered the trio to appear and to be prepared to give information and answer questions regarding their case on December 27.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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