Questioning 83 suspected of funding Thai anti-gov't rallies to start June 28

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Interrogation of 83 individuals and companies suspected of funding criminal activities during the recent anti-government protests is expected to start on Monday, June 28, after they report to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) for questioning, DSI chief Tharit Pengdit said, the Bangkok Post's website reported.

National army chief General Anupong Paojinda, the chief of operations of the Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES), is expected to sign the order on Tuesday and the DSI would immediately issue summonses for the 83 suspects, Tharit said.

If all go as planned, questioning the 83 including members of the Shinawatra family and their close associates, politicians, anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship ( UDD) leaders, former police and military officers, and company representatives will begin on June 28, he said.

The questioning is expected to complete in about 60 days, the DSI chief said.

Deputy Prime Minister in charge of security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban echoed Tharit's remark saying the interrogation of the 83 is expected to complete by 1-2 months, the Thai News Agency ( TNA) reported.

The concerned authorities will investigate their financial transactions made over the past nine months to probe if their financial transactions had been linked up with terrorism, Suthep said.

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