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SRT to halt legal move against Hopewell

By THE NATION

 

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Nitithorn Lamleur, a lawyer acting on behalf of State Railway of Thailand (SRT) said today (October 18) that he had been assigned by Transport Minister Saksyam Chidchob to file a case against Hopewell at the Civil Court as SRT had discovered that Hopewell's elevated highway and rail line project might have violated the Announcement of the National Executive Council No 281, which requires foreign companies to be qualified and approved by the Cabinet before conducting business in Thailand.

 

“If Hopewell is found guilty in this case, SRT would challenge the Supreme Administrative Court’s order for it pay Bt11.8 billion in compensation to Hopewell, plus 7.5 per cent interest annually," he said.

 

Nitithorn said he had planned to submit the case to the Civil Court as well as filing an appeal for the Central Administrative Court to temporarily halt the compensation payment order until the issue has been resolved, but changed his mind after a representative from Hopewell contacted him.

 

“Hopewell (Thailand) Co Ltd has made contact, saying that it would like to re-negotiate with the Ministry of Transport and SRT to find a new solution to this issue,” he said, adding that "Hopewell will not object if SRT proceeds with filing an appeal for an injunction of the payment order at the Central Administrative Court”.

 

Nitithorn said he would wait for the outcome of the re-negotiations before taking any legal actions.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30377532

 

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-- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2019-10-18
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To be 'qualified and approved' just depends on how thick the brown envelopes are !

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If there is no foreseeable way to avoid paying the damages find another matter, no matter how slim the argument maybe, to take to a different court.  So that would be the Thai way, not the elevated road/rail way.... 🙄

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So that the government agencies went into a contract with unqualified and non-approved foreign companies is nothing to talk about.

If they had any brains they would try to sweep their own mistake under the rug instead of rubbing it in the face of the people that do understand.

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9 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

“Hopewell (Thailand) Co Ltd has made contact, saying that it would like to re-negotiate with the Ministry of Transport and SRT to find a new solution to this issue,” he said, adding that "Hopewell will not object if SRT proceeds with filing an appeal for an injunction of the payment order at the Central Administrative Court”.

Difficult to translate -- as usual with the Nation and Thai Save Face language.

 

I suppose he is saying, on behalf of SRT, that it is Hopewell (Thailand), who is capitulating.

 

And, it is supposed to imply as though Hopewell (Hong Kong) is giving in.

 

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I wonder whether SRT have been unable to "arrange" a favourable (for them) decision?

 

Perhaps because other "influential parties" higher up the food chain may be embarrassed by too much light being shone on the arrangements made so many years ago?

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