Billions of baht found withdrawn from Thaksin family's accounts during red-shirts rally

13:52, June 17, 2010      

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Thailand's investigation authority found billions of baht were withdrawn from the accounts of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's family during the recent anti- government protests, Thai media reported Thursday.

According to Bangkok Post online, a large sums of money were also found to have been transferred into and out of accounts held by the opposition Puea Thai Party MPs and red shirt protest leaders and supporters over the past nine months, from last September to May.

These people have been asked by the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation to clarify their transactions, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said.

The CRES has frozen their bank accounts pending interrogation.

"We will give them a chance to explain why some of them withdrew huge sums of money and why (in some of the cases)100,000 baht was withdrawn from ATMs every day," Suthep said. "Was that money funding a terror attack?"

An anonymous source from Department of Special Investigation Wednesday told Bangkok Post that investigators traced the financial transactions of 86 individuals and companies on suspicions that they funded criminal activities during the red shirt protests.

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