Pojaman tax case will take time, says AEC spokesman
The tax evasion case against Khunying Pojaman Shinawatra and her brother will take time to reach a final verdict as the case has to go through three courts, Assets Examination Committee (AEC) spokesman Sak Korsaengruang said yesterday.
Sak said the AEC had found it could not lodge the tax evasion case with a Tax Court because the bill to set up such a court has not been passed yet.
Even if the National Legislative Assembly passes the bill quickly, the law will only come into effect 180 days after it is announced in the Royal Gazette.
Sak said if the case was lodged with the Tax Court - and the suspect appeals - the case can skip trial in the Appeal Court and be tried only in the Supreme Court.
The AEC will submit the tax evasion case to the public prosecutor today after checking all the evidence and documents.
Bhanapot Damapong, Pojaman's brother, will today give his testimony over the Shin Corp sale at the AEC.
AEC member Udom Fuangfung said he would not file a libel suit against Pojaman for citing he has "no ethics" as the reason against him sitting on an investigation committee to probe the land-deal corruption allegation. He dismissed her reason as groundless.
As parts of a public relations effort, the AEC will televise its work on Channel 5 during prime time from 8.30pm to 9.30pm, once a week starting March 9.
AEC secretary Kaewsan Atibodhi said the AEC was considering what format the programme should take. The agency wants the public to know just how corruption is carried out and what the process is - and how to prevent it.
The agency will not provide details about the 13 cases it is investigating.
Meanwhile, AEC member Jaruwan Maintaka has given a media interview disagreeing with the media blitz about the AEC's work.