Ex-PM Thaksin claims anti-amnesty principle twisted

BANGKOK, Nov 6 – Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra today deplored “distorted allegations” against him and labelled as groundless an accusation that he was attempting to reclaim his seized assets and whitewash himself.
In a statement issued by his legal adviser Noppadol Pattama, Mr Thaksin said there has been a move to distort the principle of the amnesty bill to create a misunderstanding that it was aimed at whitewashing him alone.
In fact, the principle of the bill is to resolve conflicts in the country and return justice to victims of the 2006 coup d’etat, he said.
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He added, “In my capacity as former prime minister, I respect differences of opinions among Thai people but I cannot tolerate distorted and false attacks against my family and myself (that have occurred) in the last several years. My ultimate desire is to let Thai people have better lives, steady future while the country moves in tandem with global changes.
“It is sad to know that some groups of politicians still believe that false attacks against me would boost their political popularity – a tactic that has been rejected by the majority of Thai people as seen in every election in the last few decades.
“The 2006 coup openly breached the rule of law, tore down the people’s constitution, seized my power, led to people’s hostility against me, and slapped charges against me. Those actions were unfair to me and my family but I absorbed the pain so that the country could move on.
“As former prime minister, I realise that the country’s interest and people’s happiness are priorities. I look forward to reconciliation among Thai people, who should be kind to each other.
“Though residing overseas, I still love and feel concerned for the future of the new Thai generation. I strongly believe that their future and the future of Thailand would be stable when Thai people are treated fairly with the rule of law and genuine democracy. Decisions of the majority of people through elections must be respected and different organisations must exercise their powers within the constitutional framework.
“I offer my moral support and hope that we will reach that goal in the near future. I express my appreciation to your love and moral support extended to me through various channels. Let the love and moral support become strength for reconciliation, democracy and rule of law in Thailand.”  (MCOT online news)

THAILAND : Amnesty Bill ‘not to whitewash Thaksin cases’


Prayuth insists plan linked to political turbulence, not to return of assets

The revised version of the amnesty bill will not cover corruption or individual criminal cases including those faced by former PM Thaksin Shinawatra, Prayuth Siripanich insisted yesterday after facing a flood of questions.

Prayuth, deputy chair of a House committee vetting the amnesty bill, sponsored the amended clauses that grant blanket amnesty.

“The amnesty will not be applied to Thaksin because his legal predicament stemmed from alleged abuse of power with no links to political rallies,” he told The Nation yesterday.

The 35-member ad hoc committee voted on Friday to rewrite a clause proposed by Prayuth that includes people facing legal action in cases stemming from investigations post the 2006 coup.

The most controversial point in the revised version is the expansion of the bill’s coverage to include those accused of wrongdoing by the now-defunct Assets Examination Committee, which was set up after the 2006 coup to investigate alleged irregularities by the Thaksin government.

In October 2008, the Supreme Court sentenced the former PM to two years in jail for alleged abuse of power in relation to the Ratchadaphisek land scandal, after his then-wife bought a state-seized plot for a price much lower than the market price.

In February 2010, the court seized Bt46 billion of Thaksin’s assets believed to have been earned from abuse of power, though other cases against him have been suspended while he remains a fugitive abroad.

Asked if Thaksin will get back the Bt46 billion, Prayuth said the amnesty bill does not allow for the seized assets to be returned.  Continue reading “THAILAND : Amnesty Bill ‘not to whitewash Thaksin cases’”

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