A defence lawyer representing Panthongtae Shinawatra has requested the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to summon more witnesses for questioning in connection with money-laundering charges faced by the ex-premier’s son.
Lawyer Chumsai Sriyapai said the DSI needs to thoroughly question all witnesses concerning the charges before moving the case against Panthongtae forward. Panthongtae, son of ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra is accused of receiving ill-gotten funds from Vichai Krisadathanont, former real estate tycoon, who was convicted over his company getting multi-billion-baht fraudulent loans from state-owned Krung Thai Bank.
According to his lawyer, Panthongtae dismissed the DSI charges as groundless and suggested that the DSI process was not transparent and was unfair. The lawyer therefore requested the agency to summon more witnesses for questioning to prove that he was not guilty.
The DSI said it would hold a meeting of investigators and public prosecutors to discuss Panthongtae’s request to question additional witnesses in the case and will ensure fairness for the accused.