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    "My duty was to sign documents" : Panthongtae

    "My duty was to sign documents" : Panthongtae

    Panthongtae Shinawatra, son of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, testified during his session with an Assets Examination Subcommittee on Wednesday that it was his mother's personal secretary who conducted the sale on his behalf of Shin Corp to Singapore's Temasek Holdings.



    Wiroj Laohapan, a subcommittee member, quoted Panthongtae as testifying that he did not know much about the sale of the shares of Shin Corps and his duty was just to signed the appropriate documents while Kanjanapa Honghern, personal secretary of his mother, Khunying Pojaman, was in charge of all procedures involving the controversial sale.

    Panthongtae testified before the subcommittee for two hours concerning his involvement in the sale of Shin Corp to Temasek Holdings last year. The subcommittee was investigating his involvement in the controversial business transaction.

    According to Wiroj, most of his answers to the subcommittee's questions were: "No, I don't know."

    Wiroj added that the subcommittee will ask Kanjanapa, who is scheduled to appear on January 12, to clarify Pantongtae's testimony. Thaksin's second child, daughter Pintongta, is scheduled for January 24 for questioning on the same issue.

    On his way back to his car after the session, Panthongtae reiterated that the sale of Shin Corp to Singapore's Temasek Holdings was in accordance with the law.

    Panthongtae, who was accompanied by his younger sister Paethongtarn, was hounded by scores of reporters who crowded his entry to and departure from the AEC office. The two had to literally fight their way through the thick crowd of reporters as security details appeared helpless to push off the feisty journalists.

    The two arrived at 10:50am and Panthongtae entered the subcommittee room at 11am. They broke for lunch at noon and reentered the process at about 1:45pm.

    It was reported that he asked for a break three times during the procedure.

    He said he had consulted over the process with his father who has been abroad since being ousted by the military junta in September.

    On the way back to his car after finishing his testimony, his supporters who had gathered since the morning, shouted his nickname: "Oak! Fight on! Fight on!"

    Meanwhile subcommittee member Klanarong Chantik said that the subcommittee members just took notes on what Pantongtae said.

    "We are in the process of collecting information and evidence concerning the allegations," Klanarong said.

    Another subcommittee member, Sak Korsaengrueng, said that Pantongtae was invited to give testimony, not as an accused person.

    "Everything is fine," Sak said. "He could answer nearly all questions which are basic in nature. It is likely that we will not invite him again for testimony unless we need more information," Sak said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by William View Post
    "My duty was to sign documents" : The subcommittee was investigating his involvement in the controversial business transaction.

    According to Wiroj, most of his answers to the subcommittee's questions were: "No, I don't know."

    Another subcommittee member, Sak Korsaengrueng, said that Pantongtae was invited to give testimony, not as an accused person.

    "Everything is fine," Sak said. "He could answer nearly all questions which are basic in nature. It is likely that we will not invite him again for testimony unless we need more information," Sak said.
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    Were they at the same meeting?

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    If his signature was on a questionable document, 'they told me to sign' is no excuse; off with his head.

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    ^ Precisely. Total 'cnut'. Throw the book at him.

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    Throw two books at him

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    And here is the stupid boy getting flowers from a supporter


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    Thaksin says to son,sign this.."Dad,what am I dong this for" "Shudup,it's my business,just sign the fcuken thing" Son signs

    At the end of the day,I don't know what all the fuss is about.If you can't trust your father,then who the fcuk can you trust.

    I would imagine that Thaksin had some very good legal advice before doing this.Now we can only guess how many times wealthy Thai people have used this method in the past.

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    SHIN-CORP SALE

    Pojaman secretarysays she did deal


    Kanjanapa tells AEC she handled all documentation and transfers related to sell-off



    The personal secretary of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shina-watra's wife told the Assets Examination Committee yesterday that she had been responsible for transacting the historic Bt73.3-billion sale of Shin Corp shares to Singapore on behalf of the Shinawatra and Damapong families, an AEC source said.

    Kanjanapa Honghern said Bhanapot Dama-pong, the brother of Thaksin's wife Pojaman, had taken part in negotiating the deal while she processed the transfers and documentation for the Bhanapot and Shinawatra family members, including Thaksin's children Panthongtae and Pinthongta, as well as Thaksin's sister Yingluck.

    Kanjanapa spent seven hours testifying to the AEC on the tax-free Shin Corp share sale a year ago to Singapore's Temasek Holdings. She gave no interviews afterwards to reporters, and those accompanying her said she was recovering from a hysterectomy.

    Kanjanapa said she had also handled the purchase of Shin shares by Panthongtae and Pinthongta from Ample Rich Investments Co Ltd for Bt1 each through Swiss bank UBS, although she brought no evidence to prove her claim, the source said.

    This move by Kanjanapa raised the question of whether it signalled a new defence strategy for the Shinawatras, as the Ample Rich deal has been cloaked in mystery.

    The AEC asked Kanjanapa to submit documents to support her statement later, the source said.

    AEC member Klanarong Chantik said the panel had prepared a list of 50-60 questions to ask Kanjanapa, some similar to and some different from the questions put to Panthongtae when he appeared before the panel on Wednesday. The questions went into more detail as Panthongtae claimed that Kanjanapa had handled the deal on his behalf.

    Meanwhile, Airports of Thailand Plc filed a complaint with the AEC, accusing deposed premier Thaksin and former transport minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit of involvement in the alleged corrupt procurement of CTX 9000 bomb scanners for Suvarnabhumi Airport.

    AOT president Chotisak Asapaviriya handed the complaint, which linked 22 people to the fraud, to AEC chairman Nam Yimyaem.

    Chotisak also filed another complaint accusing Suriya and 16 other people of involvement in the irregular bidding for the new airport's power-distribution project.

    Nam said the AEC would set up two sub-committees to look into the cases next week.

    Viroj Laohaphan, head of the panel probing the controversial tax-free sale of Shin shares to Temasek, said Kanjanapa had admitted she knew Pranee Wetchapruekpitak, Pojaman's liaison with the Revenue Department, but they had not been close. She said she had not told Pranee to ask the department if the Shin Corp share sale was taxable and did not know why Pranee had written to the department.

    Viroj said Kanjanapa had given useful information, made the panel understand the case more clearly and answered the questions that Panthongtae had been unable to answer.

    Panthongtae told the AEC that it had been Kanjanapa who took care of the sale of his Shin Corp shares to Temasek Holdings and he had just signed the paperwork.

    During his testimony, Panthongtae mostly responded to questions with "I don't know".

    Panthongtae's sister Pinthongta is scheduled to testify to the committee on January 24.

    Viroj said the panel should be able to conclude its report before March, the deadline for filing annual tax returns.

    To avoid the waiting media, Kanjanapa arrived at the AEC's office at 7.35am, though she was due to go before the panel at 10am.

    Kanjanapa let Panicha Raksajjatham, one of three people she brought with her, exchange her identification card for a visitor card.

    While waiting for Kanjanapa at the entrance of the AEC building, the media found out this fact from Kanjanapa's attorney, Theerapat Srichaiya, who walked into the building alone at about 10am.

    Theerapat said he had not been pressured but had not been allowed into the room with Kanjanapa.
    He said Bhanapot, in a separate case involving a tax-free Shin Corp share transaction, would not testify to the AEC in person as summoned but through documents and in court.

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    And here is the stupid boy getting flowers from a supporter

    If that is his little sister in the background, then she is not a happy camper.

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    They're ducking and diving, doing a Reagan, "I cannot recal" response.

    Stupid Oak, can't move without Daddy's OK.

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    Wifey's secretary will take the rap as the lone gunwoman, just to keep the peace, because as we all know nobody actually dun anything wrong.

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    Pity someone didn't slip in a 'I confess to all wrongdoing' document at the same time. In fact, the secretary seems to have missed a golden opportunity here to stitch up the Shinawatras for good. If she's going to take the blame, then she's stupid.

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    I doubt that anyone will buy that the secretary organized the whole fucking $2 billion deal. Not even in Thailand.

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