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Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul has lodged a complaint with Phaya Thai police against Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and three other Democrats for defamation and filing a complaint with false accusations against him.

Mr Surapong was accompanied yesterday by Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit and Pichit Chuenban, the party’s legal adviser.

The foreign minister accused Mr Abhisit, Nipit Intarasombat, Wirat Kallayasiri and Watchara Phetthong of defaming him by alleging that he had asked the Japanese government to grant an entry visa to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

The Democrats last week filed a complaint with Phaya Thai police against Mr Surapong, accusing him of abuse of authority in seeking help for Thaksin before the government had delivered its policy statement. Mr Surapong said the accusation was false.

On Friday, the Democrats also lodged a petition asking the Election Commission (EC) to remove Mr Surapong from his post over the handling of the ousted premier’s visa to Japan and to disband Pheu Thai over the matter.

Mr Surapong said he would also file a petition with the EC today to seek the dissolution of the Democrat Party for making false accusations.

Mr Abhisit yesterday denied that the Democrat Party had fabricated claims against Mr Surapong.

The Japanese government had confirmed that the government had requested Japan issue an entry visa to Thaksin, the Democrat leader said.

The Japanese government said it last week granted a special permit for Thaksin to enter the country at the behest of the Thai government.

If Mr Surapong was not involved in handling Thaksin’s entry visa to Japan, he might consider sending a letter of protest to the Japanese government, Mr Abhisit said.

The Democrats have grounds to file the complaints and it is the duty of MPs to protect the country’s interest, he said.

Thaksin arrived in Japan yesterday for a week-long stay. He intends to travel to areas hit by the March disaster.

“I’m very happy that I’ve come to Japan again,” he told reporters on his arrival. The visit is his first in three years.

Surapong lays charge against Abhisit

Posted by arnon_k On August - 22 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Foreign Minister Surapong Towijakchaikul on Monday lodged a complaint with Phayathai police against Abhisit Vejjajiva and three other Democrats, accusing them of defamation and bringing false accusations against him.

Mr Surapong was accompanied by Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit and Pichit Chuenban, the party’s legal adviser.

The foreign minister accused Mr Abhisit, Nipit Intarasombat, Wirat Kallayasiri and Watchara Phetthong of defaming him by claiming he wrongfully asked the Japanese government to grant an entry visa to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

The Democrats last week filed a complaint with Phayathai police against Mr Surapong, accusing him of abuse of authority in seeking help for Thaksin before the government had delivered its policy statement.

The accusation was false, he said.

Mr Surapong said he would tomorrow file a petition with the Election Commission seeking the dissolution of the Democrat Party for making false accusations.

German court releases Crown Prince’s jet

Posted by arnon_k On August - 10 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

A German court has released the impounded Boeing 737 aircraft owned by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday.

Werner Schneider, the insolvency administrator, seized the Boeing 737 in Munich on July 11 to force the Thai government to comply with an international arbitration panel ruling in 2009 for it to compensate Walter Bau AG.

Chavanond Intarakomalyasut, secretary to former foreign minister Kasit Piromya, also confirmed the release of the plane.

The German court’s decision came after the Thai government agreed to provide a letter of guarantee for 38 million euros (about 1.61 billion baht) to secure the plane’s release, he said.

After the payment, the German court no longer had the authority to impound the aircraft, Mr Chavanond said.

Walter Bau AG has demanded the Thai government pay compensation for alleged damages related to the Don Muang Tollway project.

The Thai embassy in Germany has been working with local authorities for the release of the aircraft from Munich airport, he said.

A number of disaffected Democrat MPs from southern and central provinces are threatening to abstain from voting for the party’s new secretary-general on Saturday, a source said yesterday.

The Democrats will meet at the Miracle Grand Hotel in Bangkok to elect their new executive board after the resignation of leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban in the aftermath of the July 3 general election.

But political allegiances have been strained after the likely sole candidate for secretary-general, Chalermchai Sri-on, expressed support for outgoing Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij as a future party leader. The MPs from the southern and central provinces oppose Mr Korn over personality issues.

The source said it was certain Mr Abhisit would be re-elected as leader and become opposition leader in the House of Representatives.

But controversy has dogged nominees for the position of secretary-general.

The source said initially it was anticipated Mr Abhisit would nominate party-list MP Apirak Kosayodhin, a former Bangkok governor.

But he was pressured to step aside because the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is taking legal action against him over the fire trucks and boats scandal.

Two names then emerged: Mr Chalermchai, a Prachuap Khiri Khan MP, and Juti Krairiksh, a Phitsanulok MP.

The source said Mr Juti might withdraw from the race as Mr Abhisit prefers Mr Chalermchai and has convinced Mr Juti to stand for a deputy party leader post.

Mr Juti has been accused by CAT Telecom and TOT Plc unions of failing to protect the interests of state telecom enterprises over the 3G auction plan when he was information and communications technology minister.

Mr Chalermchai must win more than half of the available votes at the meeting to gain the post of secretary-general.

It seemed to be a formality until Mr Chalermchai reportedly told Mr Korn and MPs in his faction that he would pave the way for Mr Korn to become the next Democrat leader after Mr Abhisit.

That upset the Democrat MPs from southern and central provinces who do not want Mr Korn’s influence in the party to increase.

The source said the MPs were planning to abstain from voting for the secretary-general’s post on Saturday in order to torpedo Mr Chalermchai’s nomination.

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