Wednesday, October 31, 2007

ASC seek to arrest Thaksin's daughter

The Bankok Post reports:

( - The Assets Scrutiny Committee (ASC) handed documents to file criminal charges against Pinthongta Shinawatra, daughter of ousted premier Thaksin, with police at Bang Sue station for her refusal to testify about the Shin Corp share case after being allowed to postpone the process three times.

ASC official, Monthien Charoenpol, handed documents to related authorities which the committee hopes will allow police to issue an arrest warrant for her.

Ms Pinthonta recently attended a meeting with ASC's sub-panel investigating the Shin Corp share deal with Singapore's Temasek but refused to testify, claiming that she could inadvertently jeopardize her parents' defense case.

She had asked the ASC three times to postpone her testimony before she submitted a written letter refusing to give a statement to the ASC.

Police will deliberate the ASC's documents and are expected to decide next steps to be taken by the end of November.

Ms Pinthonta faces a 6-month jail sentence and/or a 10,000 baht fine if found guilty.

Now, the usual defences for Pinthongta will be trotted out: ASC are persecuting Thaksin's family, etc. The fact is, Pinthongta - like the rest of her family - has come up with an endless list of tenuous excuses for delaying her testimony before the ASC. If she had nothing to hide, the testimony would be a breeze.

Now she has run out of excuses and is simply refusing to be held accountable. One wonders, will she stay in Thailand now? Will she be allowed to leave? If Pinthongta is arrested, will it tempt dad back to Thailand?

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