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    ^ I can go along with that, all of it.

    The question that burns in my mind though, is where does Chutima Janphong fit in as a beneficiary of this graft?

    Who, in fact, gave her the go-ahead?

    He's the big fish.

    Unless she is.

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    'No meddling in Suphoth probe' - The Nation

    'No meddling in Suphoth probe'

    The Nation December 9, 2011 1:00 am

    Deputy PM Chalerm Yoobumrung yesterday told the Senate Standing Committee on Corruption Investigation and Good Governance that there was no bullying or foul play involving politicians in the investigation into the robbery at the residence of suspended Transport permanent secretary Suphoth Sublom. As of press time, police were still questioning Suphoth at his Lat Phrao home about the robbery.

    During Chalerm's testimony to the committee, Senator Rosana Tositrakul questioned if the money was planted at Suphoth's home because the case was linked to politicians and urged that this case should be investigated with justice.

    Chalerm said that it was unlikely the money was planted and there was clear evidence in the case hence the outcome could not be manipulated. Chalerm said that while the corruption investigation was going on, the investigation into the robbery case was complete and police were waiting to arrest three more suspects. Saying that Suphoth still could not explain why he had so much money, Chalerm said that many politicians liked to keep money at home and hence the authorities should investigate politicians overseeing various projects.

    When Senator Khamnoon Sitthisaman urged for a crackdown on corruption probes into ministry projects in the past five years, Chalerm said the committee should request PM Yingluck Shinawatra to do it.

    Deputy National Police chief General Panupong Singhara na Ayutthaya told the committee that the police still did not know the exact amount of stolen cash. Police had retrieved Bt18 million from eight suspects but the amount of stolen money kept changing, raising suspicions. He said police would work as per the law and justice system. He also said the suggestion that the money might be planted was impossible. He said the alleged gang leader Weerasak Chualee might make away with more than Bt100 million.
    "Slavery is the daughter of darkness; an ignorant people is the blind instrument of its own destruction; ambition and intrigue take advantage of the credulity and inexperience of men who have no political, economic or civil knowledge. They mistake pure illusion for reality, license for freedom, treason for patriotism, vengeance for justice."-Simón Bolívar

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    Former Transport perm-sec Supoj tells police Bt5 mn was stolen from his home, don't know any suspects

    Former Transport perm-sec Supoj meets with police at Centara Hotel Ratchaprasong instead of his house

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    Bangkok Post : Frame-up raised in Supoj theft

    Frame-up raised in Supoj theft

    Senate panel suggests cash haul was planted

    The mystery behind the robbery at the house of transport permanent secretary Supoj Saplom deepened yesterday when a Senate panel suggested the crime was politically motivated and a frame-up.

    The Senate committee on graft and good governance raised doubts over the Nov 12 robbery when meeting Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung and deputy national police chief Panupong Singhara, who were invited to give their testimony on the case.

    Senator Rosana Tositrakul, head of the committee, inquired about progress in the investigation into the robbery and expressed doubts that money seized from the arrested suspects really belonged to Mr Supoj.

    She wondered if the money came from another source and whether the robbery was a frame-up. She also commented that the damaged party seemed to have become a suspect.

    Senator Khamnoon Sitthisamarn, a member of the Senate committee, said the government should take the opportunity to investigate dubious government projects over the past five years.

    Mr Chalerm dismissed Ms Rosana's remarks. He said the robbers did not have the opportunity to stage a set-up and the issue would become clearer when police caught the main suspect, Weerasak Chualee.

    Mr Chalerm said he could receive Mr Weerasak in person to guarantee his safety.

    The deputy prime minister agreed with the proposal for the government to investigate dubious mega-projects retroactively. He said Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra should support the investigation.

    Mr Chalerm had pointed out earlier that money at Mr Supoj's house on Lat Phrao 64 Road had come from Purple Line and Red Line electric railway projects under construction in Greater Bangkok.

    He said money for the Purple Line project had been misappropriated and consequently the Japan International Cooperation Agency had called off a deal with a contractor.

    He also said graft investigations should cover politicians who had come up with numerous projects. He cited expensive projects to buy aircraft and improve roads nationwide.

    Mr Chalerm noted that not only government officials but also many politicians like to keep cash at home.

    Pol Gen Panupong also rejected Miss Rosana's assertions, adding that police were handling the case straightforwardly and the suspected robbers were not capable of framing Mr Supoj.

    He said that if Mr Supoj had checked what robbers had made off with, he would not have informed police of the robbery.

    Pol Gen Panupong said Mr Weerasak should have taken at least 100 million baht and the robbers left two big bags that should have contained about 20 million baht each at Mr Supoj's house.

    Police sensed irregularity as Mr Supoj raised his reported cash loss from 700,000 baht. Pol Gen Panupong said Mr Supoj did not tell the truth about his loss and may be charged with providing false information.

    Bangkok police chief Winai Thongsong said yesterday police would try to establish the exact amount of lost money with Mr Supoj. He said Mr Supoj reported 5 million baht was stolen but police have retrieved more than 18 million baht.

    Pol Lt Gen Winai confirmed Mr Weerasak was hiding in Laos and Thai police had received good cooperation in hunting for the suspect.

    The robbery took place when Mr Supoj's family was holding a wedding reception for his daughter. The case prompted the government to move him to the PM's Office, although he still officially holds his transport permanent secretary position.

    The National Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating if Mr Supoj is unusually rich and concealing his wealth, while the Anti-Money Laundering Office is tracing the origins of his assets.

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    As predicted, the Amataia have drawn ranks and formed a lagar.
    This indicates that the the "prize" is somewhwere in the middle.

    The big fish behind the heist is still in Thailand.

    Weerasak is the fall guy.
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    Mr Chalerm noted that not only government officials but also many politicians like to keep cash at home.

    Always handy a few millions home !

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    Bangkok Post : Supoj repeats B5m claim, but probe presses on

    Supoj repeats B5m claim, but probe presses on

    Police are unimpressed by transport permanent secretary Supoj Saplom's repeated claims that only 5 million baht was stolen from his home last month.

    Metropolitan Police Bureau commander Pol Lt Gen Winai Thongsong said Mr Supoj repeated to police on Thursday night his insistence that only 5 million baht had been stolen from his home in a Nov 12 burglary.

    Mr Supoj met police for questioning at their request. Police and the anti-graft commission say they will press on with their inquiries into allegations of corruption and unusual wealth against Mr Supoj.

    The robbers claim to have taken much more than that and said they saw piles of cash inside Mr Supoj's house which could have been worth hundreds of millions of baht. Arrested suspects have returned a larger amount than what Mr Supoj says was stolen.

    Pol Lt Gen Winai said police need to verify the amount of money involved in the robbery and will question Mr Supoj's maids again.

    "His testimony is quite contrary to what police have retrieved in their investigation, as the stolen cash seized back from the suspects alone reached 18.1 million baht," he said.

    Pol Col Thawat Wongsa-nga, chief of Wang Thong Lang police station handling the case, said police questioned Mr Supoj at the Centara Grand Hotel in Pathumwan. He insisted the robbers only made off with 5 million baht he had collected as the dowry for his daughter's wedding, which he and his family were attending when the robbery took place.

    Pol Col Thawat said police may question Mr Supoj again. Police are also examining fingerprints at Mr Supoj's house.

    He added that the the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) and the Anti-Money Laundering Office were tracing back the 18.1 million baht sum retrieved from suspected robbers. The sources of the money would be important evidence, Pol Col Thawat said.

    Mr Supoj postponed the interrogation from Wednesday to Thursday and changed the venue from his residence on Lat Phrao Soi 64 to the hotel.

    Police believe 11 people were involved in the robbery. Eight have been arrested but the suspected leader, identified as Weerasak Chualee, remains at large.

    Authorities suspect Mr Supoj of being unusually wealthy as arrested suspects said they saw huge amounts of cash packed in bags and cardboard boxes in Mr Supoj's bedroom and there was too much cash for them to carry.

    Jaidet Pornchaiya, the NACC commissioner who heads a sub-committee investigating Mr Supoj's wealth, said yesterday that no matter what Mr Supoj told police, the NACC would continue to look into whether he had made a false assets declaration, whether he was unusually rich and if he was corrupt.

    Mr Supoj has been transferred to an inactive post at the PM's Office. A Senate committee on graft and good governance is also examining the case and wonders if the robbery was politically motivated. It is asking if the cash retrieved from arrested suspects really came from Mr Supoj's house.

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    It seems that the senators do protest too much.

    They're getting twitchy.

    This could be a good time for a coup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ENT View Post
    ^ I can go along with that, all of it.
    I go along with most of Hazz's comments too. Where he and I differ though is who's driving the car. Is it the politicians or the amart? I say it's the Amart (the mainly chinese-thai bureaucratic polity and their extended families). He suggests it's the politicians who drive the corruption and hatch the plans - I suggest it's the other way around. The politicians are the vehilces and the Amart the drivers. Thaksin seriously f+cked up the system - and once he started messing with the third triangle - the Army appointments - he had to go.
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    Definitely, the amatya (amart) run the show.
    The bureaucracy are there as facilitators for the running of the show.
    The politicians are facilitators acting as puppets for the amatya and other puai yai.

    The amatya are also divided, each faction seeking to dominate the other through the puai yai.

    The populace has no power unless represented through a kamnan, who directs the local populace.

    From the kamnan up, through the puai yai the system ensures that amataya get their way.

    The politicians must kowtow to the amataya or get no where.
    To become a politician in Thailand, the approval of the puai yai is essential.

    The army safe guards the amataya, allowing the police to herd the people into the hands of the bureaucrats, who are drawn from the the ranks of the amataya and puai yai.

    That's my take on it.

    The bureaucracy are comfortable in the middle, getting their cut of the graft as it passes up to the higher levels of the amatya.

    All the top posts in Thailand are filled by amatya, or those loyal to it.
    Thaksin, part of that amatya, attempted to get more than his share via the police system, run by the puai yai.

    He got his hand slapped for being greedy.

    The populace have no show, does not get to choose the senators, only the front dancers, the chorus on the stage, the politicians who know how to do a two faced act.

    This is why I say that the organiser of the Supoj heist was a really big fish, not a cheeky little rice farmer hiding in Laos.
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    ^^I think you're spot-on, sir.^^

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    Ex-Transport Permanent Sec to Testify Next Week

    UPDATE : 14 December 2011

    The fact-finding committee investigating the robbery at the house of a former transport permanent secretary has invited him to testify next Tuesday, while denying conflicts with the anti-graft watchdog.

    Prime Minister's Office Permanent Secretary Thongthong Chantarangsu, as head of the fact-finding committee investigating the robbery at the home of former Transport Permanent Secretary Supoj Saplom, said Deputy Superintendent of the Criminal Investigation Department, Police Lieutenant Colonel Sophon Yanatham has submitted a document to his committee containing a report of cash seized in the case, totaling 18 million baht.


    The suspects claimed there is an additional 55 million baht in cash that has not been discovered.

    Thongthong said to ensure fairness, the panel will call in the former permanent secretary to clarify the matter next Tuesday.

    Relevant officials or agencies may also be invited to testify.

    He affirmed that his committee can perform its task legally and work with the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

    The PM's Office permanent secretary said although Transport Minister Sukumpon Suwanathat did not set a timeframe for the investigation, the panel will swiftly investigate the issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Sawyer View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ENT View Post
    ^ I can go along with that, all of it.
    I go along with most of Hazz's comments too. Where he and I differ though is who's driving the car. Is it the politicians or the amart? I say it's the Amart (the mainly chinese-thai bureaucratic polity and their extended families). He suggests it's the politicians who drive the corruption and hatch the plans - I suggest it's the other way around. The politicians are the vehilces and the Amart the drivers. Thaksin seriously f+cked up the system - and once he started messing with the third triangle - the Army appointments - he had to go.
    As to runs the show the civil servants or the politicians we are in the process of finding out. After all the election changed the politicians, rather then the civil servants; so its not unreasonable to attribute changes in government behaviour to be somewhat lead by the new politicians. Arrisman seems to be confident that he's going to get better treatment from the police and dsi

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    ^ He probably will, but Yingluck and her team can't be seen to show favouritism, although being essentiall all of the same colour a drawing together of ranks is to be expected.
    Yingluck's kept her cool really well, so far, gently, gently, catchee monkey!

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    Bangkok Post : Laos joins probe into Supoj robbery

    Laos joins probe into Supoj robbery

    Civilians want to abduct gang leader Ko, who fled across the border, to demand ransom, The manhunt for Weerasak Chaulee, 36, a key suspect in the high-profile burglary of transport permanent secretary Supoj Saplom's house on Nov 12, has become one of the most challenging tasks of the year.



    Police believe the man holds key information about exactly how much cash was stolen from Mr Supoj's residence.

    The figure is also necessary for the National Anti-Corruption Commission and the Anti-Money Laundering Office as they investigate Mr Supoj's money trail.
    Mr Supoj, who has been transferred to an inactive post pending probes into unusual wealth allegations filed against him, has reiterated his claim that only 5 million baht was stolen. But so far police have retrieved more than 18 million baht.

    The police's hunt for Mr Weerasak, also known as Ko, began four days after the burglary. That was when the first batch of suspects was arrested and they told police investigators he was the key man in the gang.

    The police detectives rushed to follow Mr Weerasak to Kanchanaburi, only to find out that he had already gone to his wife's home in Sa Kaeo. And by the time police were certain he had escaped to Sa Kaeo, Mr Weerasak had apparently fled into Laos through Nakhon Phanom.

    Another suspect apprehended later, confirmed to police that Mr Weerasak had sneaked out of Thailand with about 400,000 baht in cash. The suspect said he was the one who saw Mr Weerasak off at the Thai-Laos border.

    He said Mr Weerasak then took an illegal boat service to Laos' Khammouane state.

    With that information, investigators have surmised that Mr Weerasak must have had hidden a lot more stolen cash somewhere from Bangkok to Nakhon Phanom via Kanchanaburi and Sa Kaeo, the route he used before fleeing into Laos.

    After realising the key suspect was in the neighbouring country, the Deputy National Police chief Phanupong Singhara na Ayutthaya asked the Provincial Police Region 4 to send an investigation team into Laos with the help of Lao authorities.

    A Lao investigation was then set up to assist the Thai police in the search for Mr Weerasak and quickly located a Lao man identified as "Mong" who is an old friend of the suspect. The two have known each other from their previous wood trade together in Laos.

    The only useful information Mong could give them was that Mr Weerasak had recently met him at a restaurant, but the Lao friend insisted he did not help Mr Weerasak find a hideout.

    Mr Weerasak now appears to have vanished from Laos and intelligence has led police to believe he may be somewhere on the Lao border with Vietnam or Cambodia.

    Pol Maj Gen Ronasil Phusara, chief of the Metropolitan Police Bureau's investigation centre, who has been assigned to head the main investigation team in the burglary case, suspected someone was supplying money to Mr Weerasak while he was in Laos and for use to fund his escape.

    Mr Weerasak was running away from not only the Thai and Lao police but also several civilian groups of Lao people who were thought to also be hunting him, said Pol Maj Gen Ronasil. Some wanted to abduct him to seek a ransom.

    Some wanted to catch him to get the money he carried on his person, while others might want to get him to cash in on a reward of 200,000 baht being offered by the Thai police for information leading to his arrest.

    Police have also set up a team to search for the stolen money which Mr Weerasak allegedly took away from Mr Supoj's house. It is believed he has made off with at least 100 million baht, based on figures provide by the arrested suspects.

    They have told police investigators Mr Weerasak allegedly took one large and two small bags of money which they estimated could have carried a total of more than 100 million baht.

    The new investigation team believed Mr Weerasak might have buried the cash somewhere because he had the skills to operate a backhoe.

    Pol Maj Gen Ronasil, however, said he could not confirm if Mr Weerasak really had made off with such a large amount of cash. "It it just hearsay. Those bags could contain something else, not the banknotes," he said.

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    He's probably dead by now. The mafia types in the police-military bureaucracy would have caught him some time ago, tortured him into giving them the money, then killed him. Saudi gems all over again.

    Ever wonder why the BCCI guy, extradited back from Canada - what nearly a year ago - still hasn't testified in open trial? I wonder if he ever will. The only reason the Thai hi-so wanted him back was to retrieve some of their own corruption money that he ran off with.

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    Bangkok Post : Supoj must to testify to NACC

    Supoj must to testify to NACC

    Transport permanent secretary Supoj Saplom is required to give testimony within 60 days before the graft agency panel inquiring into suspicions he is unusually wealthy and had falsely reported his assets.

    National Anti-Corruption Commission spokesman Klanarong Chanthik said on Tuesday the inquiry panel led by Preecha Lertkamolmas was today due to report the findings of its initial investigation to the NACC.

    The panel had obtained a number of useful documents on Mr Supoj’s financial position from banks and from the police investigation team looking into the high-profile burglary of his house on Nov 12.

    Some financial experts from the Bank of Thailand had also been invited to sit on the NACC panel to make the investigation more efficient when it came to browsing through Mr Supoj’s transaction records and other financial information, said Mr Klanarong.

    The NACC now wanted Mr Supoj to explain his assets declarations and the exact amount of money stolen from his house on Nov 12, and he was required to do so within 60 days, said Mr Klanarong.

    Mr Supoj has filed a complaint with police that about 5 million baht in cash was stolen.

    And even after police reported they had recovered more than 18 million baht of stolen money from the arrested suspects, he still insisted that only about 5 million baht was stolen from his house that day.

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    Stolen cash from Suphoth's home linked to winning bidders - The Nation

    MYSTERIOUS STOLEN CASH

    Stolen cash from Suphoth's home linked to winning bidders

    The Nation December 20, 2011 5:01 pm




    Money bands for stolen cash bundles from the home of Transport permanent secretary Suphoth Sublom have been found to link to certain winning bidders for contracts awarded by the ministry, National Anti Corruption Commission member Klanarong Chantik said on Tuesday.

    "The tracing of money bands with nine bank logos found that the cash was linked to certain bidders," he said, refusing to specify whether bidders were involved in the mass rapid transit contruction or other projects.

    Kanarong said checks on the bundles of Bt8 million cash revealed the funds were withdrawn from nine commercial banks as evidenced by the 89 money bands that hold the bundles together. Furthermore, the cash from five of nine banks could be traced to accounts of the bidders, he added.

    Aside from tracing the stolen cash, the NACC has also been checking into Suphoth's bank accounts held in 42 bank branches in order to determine whether his wealth was ill gotten, he said. Thus far 27 bank branches have already provided details of Suphoth's financial transactions.

    Last month burglars broke into Suphoth's home before fleeing with the stolen cash, which police suspect to worth about Bt100 million although Suphoth has insisted only Bt5 million went missing.

    Police subsequently recovered Bt18 million which the NACC has impounded on suspicion of ill-gotten gains.

    Suphoth is being targetted for graft probe and scheduled January 11 to give his statement at the NACC to explain his cash holding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveCM
    Money bands for stolen cash bundles from the home of Transport permanent secretary Suphoth Sublom have been found to link to certain winning bidders for contracts awarded by the ministry
    Oh dear, looks like the corrupt chappie is in trouble...

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveCM
    Suphoth's bank accounts held in 42 bank branches
    Am I reading this right? He has 42 bank accounts???

    Will he flee, never to be seen again (until the 20 year statutory time limit is up [is it 20 years?])?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Nation
    ...Suphoth's bank accounts held in 42 bank branches...
    Well, that's 41 more than I have in Thailand - but I'm sure there's a perfectly innocent explanation.....

    Perhaps he just likes the free tote-bags etc you get when you open a new account.

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    Suphoth's bank accounts held in 42 bank branches
    he will claim he really only has 5 accounts - comedy gold

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    42 bank accounts,and still all that money at home?? W.T.F.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveCM View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Nation
    ...Suphoth's bank accounts held in 42 bank branches...
    Well, that's 41 more than I have in Thailand - but I'm sure there's a perfectly innocent explanation.....

    Perhaps he just likes the free tote-bags etc you get when you open a new account.
    Given the amount of evidence now, and in normal circumstances if he was a red or TRT connected, he'd need to do a runner. Since all this shit was cooked up through old Ginger and Mark's administration - he probably has nothing to worry about in the least.

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    Later report from The Nation expanded on some points....

    Stolen cash linked to transport project bidders: NACC - The Nation

    Stolen cash linked to transport project bidders: NACC

    THE NATION December 21, 2011 1:00 am

    Part of the banknotes seized after last month's robbery at the suspended Transport permanent secretary's home were found to be linked to certain private companies that won bidding for Transport Ministry projects, according to the national anti-graft agency.

    Klanarong Chantik, spokesman for the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), told a press conference yesterday that the NACC subcommittee investigating to determine whether Suphoth Sablom was unusually wealthy had found the lead.

    The subcommittee had asked 42 banks in writing for information about Suphoth's accounts and 27 of them have replied, the NACC spokesman said.

    He added that the probe panel was looking into the details of the information provided by the banks.

    The panel examined 89 banknote bands that came with the Bt8 million in cash confiscated from the robbery suspects. The money was from nine banks and it was found that the banknote bands from five banks contained information that linked them to certain private companies involved in bidding for Transport Ministry projects, according to the NACC spokesman.

    He said the investigation subcommittee would summon the private companies in question to testify about the findings, adding the panel was authorised to do so without first seeking approval from the NACC.

    He also said that the probe panel had assigned two teams of its investigators to gather more information regarding the matter.

    "The officials now have information about the source of some of the banknote bands, but I would not like to speak about this in detail," Klanarong said.

    He declined to specify in which project of the Transport Ministry the private companies in question were involved and whether it was the subway line construction project as had been alleged by Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung, who is in charge of police affairs.

    "What I can say is that the money is linked to certain companies that won bidding to enter into an agreement with the Transport Ministry," the NACC spokesman said.

    He said the anti-graft agency's investigation so far has not found connections with any politician or affected any bidding or project of the Transport Ministry.

    "Initially this is investigation into allegedly unusual wealth, reporting false information about assets, and malfeasance. After this there will be an in-depth investigation," he said.

    The NACC summoned Suphoth to explain about his wealth before January 11, according to the spokesman. He said the agency has notified Suphoth in writing to testify about his wealth but that he had not done so yet.

    Klanarong said the NACC has reported to the Criminal Court about its findings in the recent search of Suphoth's spacious home in Bangkok's Lat Phrao area.

    Eight suspects have been arrested in connection with the heist on November 12. Police said they confiscated Bt18.1 million from the alleged robbers but Suphoth insisted that only Bt5 million were robbed from his home.

    Chalerm, of the ruling Pheu Thai Party, recently attempted to link Suphoth's money to former transport minister Sophon Saram from the rival Bhum Jai Thai Party, who quickly denied the allegation.

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    Articles also at Bangkok Post and TAN, but The Nation seems to have the most complete version

    Bangkok Post : Banknotes 'linked to contractors'

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    Bangkok Post : Amlo prepares to trace Supoj assets

    Amlo prepares to trace Supoj assets

    The Anti-Money Laundering Office will next month start tracing permanent secretary for transport Supoj Saplom's asset trail as well as those of members of his family.

    Amlo chief Sihanart Prayoonrat said the office will seek approval from the body's committee on financial transactions in January to trace the assets.

    Pol Col Sihanart said Amlo has discovered certain information about the assets and it needs approval from the committee to investigate further.

    It will take the committee about two weeks to go through documents and evidence.

    Amlo has been working with the police team that investigated the robbery at Mr Supoj's house on Nov 12.

    Investigators have found links between Mr Supoj's assets and certain private companies, said the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).

    "The Amlo investigation will be fair for all parties concerned," said Pol Col Sihanart.

    His office will seek cooperation from money-laundering suppression offices in other countries to help Amlo investigate whether Mr Supoj, his family members and others involved had transferred assets to overseas banks, he said.

    At the same time, NACC commissioner Preecha Loetkamonmas said officials were working with five commercial banks to compile financial information on one private company that had won a contract from the Transport Ministry.

    NAAC officals said bank paper bands with the company's name on them that had been used to wrap cash stolen from Mr Supoj's house indicated that some of the banknotes had been withdrawn from commercial banks between 2009 and 2011.

    The NACC will look into projects approved by the Transport Ministry during that period, Mr Preecha said.

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