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DSI finalising Abhisit, Suthep case

Posted by Rattana_S On June - 6 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The Department of Special Investigation will hold a meeting on June 14 to finalise the case against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban before submitting it to the prosecution, DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said on Wednesday.

Mr Tarit, speaking at the DSI’s weekly press conference, was referring to the investigation into the deaths of 91 people in the political violence in 2010.

He said Mr Abhisit had submitted his defence statement.

The DSI will hold a meeting on June 14 at 4pm to finalise the investigation report, which will then be submitted to the prosecution.

After that, a letter will be sent to Mr Abhisit and Mr Suthep, who was director of the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) responsible for the crackdown on the red-shirt protests, advising them of the date they should report to the prosecutors. It was expected to be some time late this month, Mr Tarit said.

Mr Abhisit and Mr Suthep face charges of premedidated murder in the deaths of taxi driver Phan Khamkong and a boy named Kunakorn Srisuwan, and attempted murder for the injuries incurred by Samorn Maithong.

DSI probes luxury car scam

Posted by Nuttapon_S On June - 4 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Takes over inquiry into burnt-out cars; thousands may be linked to scheme.

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will look into cases of tax evasion involving nearly 7,000 luxury vehicles, with customs, excise, revenue, land-transport officials and politicians possibly linked to the illegal import and false registration of the cars.

“We suspect that 5,832 luxury cars have been registered illegitimately in a way that allows buyers to avoid paying taxes,” DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said yesterday.

The probe was sparked by last week’s mysterious fire that damaged four sportscars on a car transport trailer in Nakhon Ratchisima. No owners have stepped forward to claim ownership of the vehicles, which were on their way to Si Sa Ket province.

Even the owner of the trailer truck’s company told police she did not know who owned the cars or who paid for their transport.

The DSI has now taken over the case.

Tarit said the case implicates at least 18 suspects, including customs, revenue, excise and land-transport officials. The DSI had been monitoring cases of “suspicious” luxury cars for a few years already, he revealed.

Veteran politician Chaiya Sasomsap said yesterday a white Lamborghini gutted in last week’s fire had the same licence-plate number registered to a white Lamborghini owned by a nephew, who is a son of Labour Minister Phadermchai Sasomsap, an senior Pheu Thai MP.

Speaking in an interview with a cable news channel, the former public health minister said his unnamed nephew returned the plate to the Land Transport Department in 2006 after he got another plate number. “The change was registered and documented in the department’s documents, signed by the officials. I don’t know why this licence plate was found at the scene of the fire,” said Chaiya said.

His nephew was still driving his white Lamborghini. He invitede police to verify his statement, the registration details and the existence of the vehicle.

Phadermchai said the Lamborghini gutted in the fire was not his son’s, although it carried his son’s old licence plate number 2617. “Maybe the auto trade company that sold a white Lamborghini to my son has not changed registration details of him still owning it. It does not carry licence-plate number 2617 anymore,” he said.

Tarit said the white Lamborghini damaged in the fire had been on a DSI watchlist. It was among the more than

1,000 vehicles awaiting registration or registered after being imported as auto parts and re-assembled for the purpose of tax evasion.

Tarit identified Dhamma Motor Rich Co Ltd, operated by Pornpimon Kehathan, as the firm that registered the white Lamborghini. Its engine buyer was Sukanya Sombatdee, he said, while the importing firm was TAN Express.

Tarit said evidence did not yet lead to any specific politician.

However, a politician might be implicated given that luxury-car buyers in Thailand are usually politicians or wealthy businessmen, he said.

The intention of buyers would determine whether they would be |held responsible for tax-evasion, Tarit said.

“But most of the time, we have found that buyers usually know where the vehicles come from,” he said.

In Khon Kaen yesterday, police cracked down on a luxury-car smuggling gang, seizing five Mercedes-Benz cars, a BMW sedan, two Toyota Alphards, three Nissan Cubes, a Volkswagen Beetle and a Suzuki wagon.

The chief of the Land Transport Department in Si Sa Ket was transferred to an inactive post yesterday. No detailed reasons were given for the swift transfer order, which reportedly came as a result of the issue.

The official, Danai Khote-arsa, said he took the post just seven months ago, and that his office had registered just seven vehicles, all of which were |legally imported.

Speaking before learning of his transfer, Danai said there that 23 |luxury cars had been registered in Si Sa Ket since 2010. One of them was later re-registered in Bangkok. Another car, a brown Jaguar XR, was set to be registered in Si Sa Ket but he halted issuance of a licence-plate |number following reports from police that it might have been illegally imported.

The Industrial Works Department estimates that there are around 3,000 luxury cars imported illegally through the auto-parts scheme.

Only 10 of them are registered with the department, as required by their petrol tank exceeding 15 litres, said director-general Natthaphol Natthasomboon. He said he would visit Land Transport offices in the Northeast to check on registration details and seek relevant information from the officials and the police.

BANGKOK, May 14 – Thailand’s former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban appeared at the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) this morning to acknowledge charges of premeditated murder during the 2010 anti-government Red Shirt protest in Bangkok.

They allegedly collaborated in suppression of anti-government protesters on May 15, 2010 which resulted in the death of Kunakorn Srisuwan also known as Isa, 14, and the injury of Samorn Maithong, a driver.

They were earlier charged with similar offences involved in the death of a taxi drivere, Pan Kamkong. They denied all charges.

DSI chief Tharit Pengdit said their actions led to the deaths and injury of three people on Ratchaprarop Road, adding that the DSI will wrap up the cases to be forwarded to the Attorney General in a month.

Mr Abhisit was charged in his capacity as prime minister while Mr Suthep was deputy prime minister and director of the now-dissolved Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES).

Mr Tharit said they could be summoned again if the DSI finds additional charges against them. (MCOT online news)

Exam papers were secure: DSI

Posted by Rattana_S On April - 10 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Company adviser Chalermpol Pinthongkham, who briefed the investigators during the two-hour inspection at its printing house in Samut Prakan’s Phra Samut Chedi district, insisted the firm had a good record and was confident that no test papers had been leaked while it was handling the papers. He said his firm was in charge of printing the papers, not the entire process.

Thanin Prempree, director of the DSI’s corruption prevention and suppression centre, said the printing house’s system seemed highly secure and very strict. DSI will summon two exam project managers to give information on April 23.