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Justice Minister Pracha Denies Bt16 Billion Was Transferred To Hong Kong

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Justice Minister Pracha denies Bt16 billion was transferred to Hong Kong

Atapoom Ongkulna,

Prapasri Osathanon,

Anapat Deechuay

The Nation

BANGKOK: -- Justice Minister Pracha Promnok yesterday dismissed reports that Thai politicians had sent Bt16 billion to Hong Kong, saying anti-money laundering agencies from other countries, including Hong Kong, had denied the report.

He said after the reports emerged, Anti-Money Laundering Commission secretary-general Pol Colonel Sihanart Prayoonrat had met anti-money laundering agencies overseas, including Hong Kong.

"These reports were only released to discredit the government. Those who released these reports should think about the country, and not only seek political gain. They should have evidence before releasing information that can damage the country,'' he said.

Pracha said he had told the Justice permanent secretary to look into his deputy Pol Colonel Dussadee Arayawuthi's report to Parliament about the money transfer.

"The permanent secretary is investigating the report and has called on all concerned officials to provide statements. We will know the result of his findings soon," Pracha said.

Dussadee, meanwhile, said he had written to Justice permanent secretary Kittipong Kittayarak explaining that he had nothing to clarify because he had not told the Parliament about this issue. He explained that though the Anti-Corruption Network had filed a complaint about the matter while he was secretary-general Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), he did not have any details on the subject. But he would be happy to lead a fact-finding panel to investigate the issue.

While he had been asked to attend a Sept 6-8 meeting that included Hong Kong anti-money laundering officials, he could not go because he had been dismissed as PACC secretary-general.

Separately, Democrat party-list MP Ongart Klampaiboon insisted he did not lie about Bt16 billion being moved to Hong Kong as he had received the information from the Anti-Corruption Network and had called on the prime minister for verification.

Meanwhile, Phetchaburi Senator Sumol Sutawiriyawat, deputy chairman of the House committee on Education, Corruption Investigation and Good Governance, said her panel had summoned the Anti-Corruption Network to provide further details on Thursday and would seek relevant data from the Hong Kong Independent Commission against Corruption. If the ICAC denies the transfer, the probe would be dropped.

She said her committee had chosen to investigate the issue after receiving a complaint from the Anti-Corruption Network saying Bt16 billion had been moved to Hong Kong and had been frozen last week because nobody had come to claim it. The network alleges this money was siphoned from state funds earmarked for last year's flood victims.

Sumol said the network had asked the Hong Kong anti-money laundering agency for information, but was turned down on grounds that the network is not a state agency. In reaction to Pracha's announcement, she said that perhaps the minister does not know about the issue yet because the information acquired by the Anti-Corruption Network was still confidential.

Meanwhile, Anti-Corruption Network secretary-general Mongkolkit Suksintaranont insisted that Dussadee knew about Thai politicians' money-laundering activities in Hong Kong, because while at PACC, he had a list of companies and other agencies that were allegedly involved.

"Now, as deputy permanent secretary of the Justice Ministry, he cannot reveal the truth. I wonder if Dussadee was transferred out of PACC because he had this information?"

Mongkolkit said he believed China gave the government information about suspect money transfers every three months, but some people preferred to withhold it.

"My information is credible because our advisers have close ties with Hong Kong anti-corruption officials," he said.

He said members of his network had met their counterparts in Hong Kong between September 5-7 and learned that some 30 Thai politicians from the government camp and high-ranking officials had got together to transfer money to Hong Kong for laundering purposes.

National Anti-Corruption Commissioner Wicha Mahakhun said his agency had never received any reports about the matter from other agencies or from Hong Kong. He said both Thailand and China had a pact on exchanging information on corruption.

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-- The Nation 2012-10-16

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Thai politicians just can't help themselves can they. Interesting the payment and Thaksin both were in HK... rolleyes.gif

Oh yes they can help themselves to money from the states coffers without a twinge of guilt.

The financial bubble is getting bigger here and soon the bubble will pop, watch the P.T.P. cut and run then leaving the Thai people in the hands of the international money lenders.

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I still remember the time when some politicians and government workers would hide their cash in suitcases under the bed. Since that was no longer safe and because it was getting difficult to get into the bed, putting it in a bank and transferring it might make sense whistling.gif

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As confirmed by the headline, Pracha is in denialhuh.png

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She said her committee had chosen to investigate the issue after receiving a complaint from the Anti-Corruption Network saying Bt16 billion had been moved to Hong Kong and had been frozen last week because nobody had come to claim it. The network alleges this money was siphoned from state funds earmarked for last year's flood victims.

Perhaps that's why Thaksin was in Hong Kong last week?

That is a lot of money not to be claimed so dam_n corrupt! The up side is that it is for the time being 'out in the open' I will be interested to see who eventually claims it and the reason given why it was transferred there!

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If you read the other English-language newspaper they are reporting today that the Thai AMLO organisation has contacted their HK counterparts already and the HK AMLO organisation has confirmed that no such transactions have taken place and there is no substance to the allegations, so it seems this is indeed Democrat scaremongering.

Facts that the Nation has so conveniently ignored in their reporting.

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If you read the other English-language newspaper they are reporting today that the Thai AMLO organisation has contacted their HK counterparts already and the HK AMLO organisation has confirmed that no such transactions have taken place and there is no substance to the allegations, so it seems this is indeed Democrat scaremongering.

Facts that the Nation has so conveniently ignored in their reporting.

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If you read the other English-language newspaper they are reporting today that the Thai AMLO organisation has contacted their HK counterparts already and the HK AMLO organisation has confirmed that no such transactions have taken place and there is no substance to the allegations, so it seems this is indeed Democrat scaremongering.

Facts that the Nation has so conveniently ignored in their reporting.

Link please

This forum does not allow links to the other paper. I read the print version.

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If you read the other English-language newspaper they are reporting today that the Thai AMLO organisation has contacted their HK counterparts already and the HK AMLO organisation has confirmed that no such transactions have taken place and there is no substance to the allegations, so it seems this is indeed Democrat scaremongering.

Facts that the Nation has so conveniently ignored in their reporting.

Link please

This forum does not allow links to the other paper. I read the print version.

The interesting part of the 'denial' in the other paper is that it has statements of Justice Minister Pracha Promnok saying no-one knows anything, no-one told anyone anything. Yes check in their 'politics' section from today wai.gif

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More than likely only the tip of the iceberg, however, I would think that much of the money is actually going out in hard exchange currency; most probably as extra luggage for the bi-monthly politician exodus to see the mesiah. rolleyes.gif

No wonder this government promotes tourism so vigouously to get their hands on large amounts of untraceable foreign currency. :whistling.gifclap2.gifcheesy.gif

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