OAG ‘will indict’

Public prosecutors will indict ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and 24 other leaders of the red shirt movement on terrorism charges for their role in this year’s anti-government rallies, Puea Thai Party list MP Jatuporn Prompan says.

It appears that authorities are poised to indict two dozen red shirt leaders and their icon Thaksin Shinawatra on terrorism charges, kicking off a new round of recriminations.

Mr Jatuporn, one of the 25 facing charges, said he had learned that the Office of the Attorney-General had decided at a recent meeting to indict the red shirts.

The MP also accused Justice Minister Pirapan Salirathavibhaga of abusing his authority by sending a letter asking the OAG, an independent body, to speed up its deliberation of the terrorism-related cases against key red shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) members.

The final round of detention of two of the UDD figures ends today and Mr Jatuporn said he had learned the OAG would use this opportunity to indict all 25 UDD leaders.

Mr Jatuporn is not detained because he enjoys immunity as an MP.

An informed source said Thaksin would be among those indicted on the terrorism charge.

“An injustice has happened here,” Mr Jatuporn said.

“Unlike the investigation into the airport seizure by the People’s Alliance for Democracy almost two years ago, that has still not been concluded, the inquiry into the UDD leaders is over and they will now be indicted.”

None of the 120 or so UDD witnesses have been questioned in the investigation, he said.

The UDD wants an explanation from the OAG as to why the investigation into its members moved so swiftly.

If any irregularity in the investigation was confirmed, Mr Jatuporn said the UDD would hold a rally to press for an explanation from the OAG.

The other red shirt leaders facing charges include Sathaporn Maneerat, Pichet Sukchindathong, Yoswaris Chuklom or Jeng Dokchik, Natthawut Saikua, Khwanchai Praipana, Nisit Sinthuprai, Veera Musikhapong, Weng Tojirakarn, Somchai Paiboon, Siriwan Nimitsilp, Arisman Pongruengrong, Payap Panket, Suporn Atthawong, Waipot Arpornrat, Wisa Kanthap and Paijit Aksornnarong.

In a related development, the Supreme Court will rule today whether to accept an appeal by Thaksin and his family against the seizure of 46.37 billion baht worth of their assets.

Supreme Court president Sobchok Sukharomna has called a general assembly of 142 Supreme Court judges at 9.30am today. The Supreme Court judges will decide at the assembly whether to accept the appeal.

The assembly will make its decision through a majority vote. If the assembly resolves to reject the appeal, the assets seizure case will be finalised.The assets were seized when the Supreme Court found in February that Thaksin had abused his position as prime minister from 2001 to 2006 to benefit his family companies.

News item courtesy of www.bangkokpost.com

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