Friday, August 3, 2007

Thaksin "My Money is Clean!"

Of course his money is "clean", that's why they call it money "laundering". This fellow gives a whole new meaning to Third World Scum Bag.

from the Bangkok Post

Thaksin: Man City takeover money clean

Deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra told Manchester City fans that money he used to buy Manchester City club was legitimate.

"The money I had came from the sale of the assets of my own family's companies, from nowhere else, only this," he said in an exclusive podcast interview posted in the Manchester City website.

"So the allegations in Thailand are politically motivated to justify the junta staging the coup against me -- that's it," he said.

Mr Thaksin and his kin face corruption charges back in Thailand. Assets Scrutiny Committee has frozen more than 60 billion baht of their assets a few months ago. Police ordered him to return to defend charges, but he refused to, claiming that justice system is interfered since the September 19 coup.


Former Thai premier denies allegations he ordered extrajudicial killings while in office

BANGKOK, Thailand: Ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has denied allegations that he condoned extrajudicial killings during his premiership, his lawyer said following complaints by a human rights group that he was not fit to own English Premier League soccer club Manchester City.

"The people who accused him have not been able to come up with any evidence whatsoever to prove that he ordered extrajudicial killings, whether it be in the war on Muslim insurgency or the war on drugs," said Noppadon Pattama, Thaksin's lawyer and de facto spokesman in Thailand.

Thaksin, who lives in self-imposed exile in London, became a billionaire through his telecommunications business.

He was ousted in a military coup last September and the military-appointed government has frozen about US$2 billion (€1.5 billion) worth of his personal assets. He faces a series of corruption charges relating to his five years in power.

Thaksin took control of the Manchester City soccer club in July, but the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch on Tuesday challenged the Premier League's "fit and proper persons" test, which can be used to decide on suitable directors and owners of clubs.

Keep in mind that during the two or three months of his "War on Drugs" as many people were shot and killed as during the first two years of the Islamic violence in the South of Thailand. These people were killed without any due process. Something that outraged the King and put earned Thaksin a public reprimand from His Royal Highness.

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