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Court sets up fact-finding panel over grey senator getting off the hook


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

SUPREME COURT President Chotivat Luengprasert has set up a committee to collect evidence and find facts pertaining to last October’s revocation of an arrest warrant by a Criminal Court judge for an allegedly grey senator.

Court of Justice spokesman Soravit Limparangsee confirmed today (Mar.13) the Supreme Court president is having the ad hoc committee compile pieces of evidence and facts involving the unidentified judge who had revoked the arrest warrant for Senator Upakit Pajareeyangkun suspected by police of involvement in a drug-dealing and money-laundering scam.

However, the spokesman said the fact-finding panel which has been given a 30-day time to finish the job and report it to the Supreme Court president has no legal authority to subpoena anybody for questioning about the scandal surrounding the allegedly grey senator.

The Criminal Court judge in question had reportedly excused that he had revoked the arrest warrant requested by the police and issued by him on the same day last October for the senator whom he had finally deemed as a  “very important person.”

Chotivat had apparently followed last month’s censure debate against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, part of which was launched by Move Forward MP Rangsiman Rome at parliament, among others.

Rangsiman had accused the allegedly grey senator of having been involved in the drug-dealing and money-laundering racket in connivance with Myanmar arms dealer Tun Min Latt who had been arrested among a few others by the Thai police last year.

In the name of Allure Group which opened a hotel and casino in Tachileik township of Myanmar, the senator had allegedly run the illegal cross-border businesses.

According to the Move Forward MP, Upakit had allegedly laundered some of the ill-gained money by procuring a posh real estate in So Ari Phaholyothin area of Bangkok where a newly-constructed building has been turned into the headquarters of the Ruam Thai Sang Chart under whose banners Prayut is contesting an upcoming general election to prolong his rule.


Top: Supreme Court President Chotivat Luengprasert.

Front Page: Senator Upakit Pajareeyangkun. Both photos: Naewna

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