Thaksin's cousin to clarify alleged financing of "red-shirts"

14:12, June 21, 2010      

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Thailand's former national army chief General Chaisit Shinawatra said on Monday he is ready to clarify an allegation by the Center for the Resolution of Emergency Situation (CRES) that he could be one of financiers of the anti-government "red-shirt" people, the Bangkok Post's website reported.

General Chaisit is the elder cousin of fugitive former Premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

He is among 83 individuals and companies accused of providing financial assistance to the anti-government United front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) or also known as the "red- shirts".

"The 37 million baht (1.14 million U.S. dollars) transaction of my account was just a normal money withdrawal and it was nothing wrong. I am confident that I can prove my innocence," the retired senior general said.

General Chaisit confirmed that he has not yet received an official summon, but is ready to report to the CRES once he is summoned.

The DSI is expected to issue its summonses by Monday after receiving an order from the Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation instructing the 83 to report themselves to concerned authorities.

Thaksin's ex-wife Pojaman na Pombejra, his adult children, Panthongtae and Pinthongta, his in-laws from the Damapong family and his cousin General Chaisit Shinawatra are notably on the list of suspects.

The death toll from a series of violent clashes between the " red-shirt" protestors and troops from March 12 to May 19 in central Bangkok stood at 88 as some 1,885 others were wounded.

Thaksin was ousted by the military coup in September, 2006, in accusation of massive corruption, and kept in exile since then. Thaksin returned to Thailand in February, 2008 to face corruption charges, but he later fled into exile again and was convicted in absentia.

Source: Xinhua


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