Tuesday, January 8, 2008

No Perp Walk for Potjaman

Thaksin wife returns

Bangkok Post

The wife of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra returned to Thailand on Tuesday to face charges that she unlawfully obtained a block of land in central Bangkok while her husband was in charge of the country. Khunying Potjaman was quickly granted bail.

She was escorted from Suvarnabhumi Airport to the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions. There, she applied for and was released on bail of five million baht (US$149,000), and ordered not to leave the country without the court's permission, said a Supreme Court statement issued after a hearing that lasted less than an hour.

The court also set Jan 23 as the opening date for her trial on charges of using her husband's political influence to buy prime Bangkok real estate from a government agency at one-third its estimated value.

"She came here today to prove her innocence," her lawyer Noppadon Pattama told reporters after the hearing.

After leaving the court with her three children, Pojaman headed to the Department of Special Investigations to hear additional charges that she made fraudulent filings to the Securities and Exchange Commission over the 2003 listing of a property company.

I knew it. No perp walk. More like VIP treatment.

If she and Thaksin are evil incarnate, why are they being treated with kid gloves?

For months, we heard Soponian rhetoric such as "fugitives from justice." She certainly isn't being treated like fugitive.

1 comment:

fall said...

Kind of remind me of last post on perp walk for Thaksin.

I said there "no perp walk", but looking at Prachai's lesson. It could be the junta would just want Thaksin's arse behind bar, even for one-night stand. Because that would legally barred him from holding office position in any government.

I know the crime is not legally severe that require custody and it would be different treatment if Potjaman walk while her mate got the chain. But desperate time, for the junta, might require desperate measure. Definitely not a subtle move, but effective nonetheless.