More moves against Thaksin family
The Assets Examination Committee planned to take legal
action against Khunying Pojaman and Panthongthae Shinawatra, wife and son of
toppled Prime Minister Thaksin for failing to testify before an AEC
sub-committee involving the controversial sales of their Shin Corp shares
AEC spokesman Sak Korsaengruang said the panel will lodge misconduct and
negligence charges with Bang Sue police station against Mrs. Pojaman and Mr.
Panthongthae as well as two others, namely Busaba Damaphong and Kanchanapha
Honghern, after they had deliberately failed to testify before the
sub-committee in charge of verifying asset acquisitions regarding the Shin
In another development, the AEC has asked the Office of Attorney General to
defend the panel from a 50 billion baht defamatory lawsuit filed by Pojaman
against AEC chief Nam Yimyaem and a dozen other committee members, following
a similar case earlier filed by the former prime minister.
Meanwhile, several Shin Corp subsidiaries have asked the AEC to unfreeze
billions of baht in their bank accounts, saying the frozen assets had by no
means involved the charges lodged against the former prime minister, his
relatives and others. The firms included Worth Supply Co, OAI Management Co,
OAI Education Co, PT Corp and SCK Estate Co.
Mr. Sak said directors of those companies should directly plead for
unfreezing of their bank accounts without citing too many personal witnesses
so that acquisitions of the frozen assets could be easily verified. (TNA)