By Thai Newsroom Reporters
MOVE FORWARD MP RANGSIMAN Rome today (Feb.24) dared Ruam Thai Sang Chart leader Pirapan Salirathavipak to produce evidence pertaining to the supposedly lawful rental of property in Bangkok for use as the party’s headquarters amidst allegations that it was merely part of a money-laundering scam involving a notorious senator.
Rangsiman was responding to the Pirapan’s reported plan to file a libel lawsuit against him amidst allegations that the building and adjacent land procured with some laundered money by Senator Upakit Pajariyangkun in Soi Ari Phaholyothin area had been turned into the headquarters of the Ruam Thai Sang Chart under whose banners Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is contesting to retain power after an upcoming general election.
The Move Forward MP said none of the Ruam Thai Sang Chart rank and file had shown any documents which would otherwise manifest the legitimate rental of the property for use as the pro-Prayut party’s headquarters as verbally claimed.
The senator who had earlier owned Allure Group’s hotel and casino in Tachileik had been accused of involvement in money-laundering and drug-trading scams across the border between the Myanmar township and Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai in alleged connivance with Myanmar’s arms dealer Tun Min Latt and a few others who already had been arrested by the Thai authorities.
Rangsiman has earlier called on the police to indiscriminately take action against the money-laundering suspect senator upon the end of the current parliamentary term, scheduled for February 28, and confiscate his property pending the judicial process.
The opposition MP charged Upakit had evidently broken the law by facilitating the pro-Prayut camp with the building and land which he had reportedly bought for about 101 million baht in laundered cash whilst all senators are legally bound to remain non-partisan and prohibited from taking side with or concretely providing support for any political party.
Upakit has filed a defamation lawsuit against Rangsiman who has lodged money-laundering and drug-trading charges against the senator with the National Anti-Corruption Commission.
During last week’s censure debate without subsequent votes of confidence at parliament, Prayut declined to respond to the allegations launched against the money-laundering suspect senator in relation to the Ruam Thai Sang Chart headquarters and concluded without elaborating that all criminal suspects will be brought to justice.
Move Forward MP Rangsiman Rome. Top photo: Matichon, Front Page photo: Thai Rath