Yingluck denies abuse of power in Thawil's transfer

national May 06, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Tuesday told the Constitutional Court that she did not abuse her power as prime minister in the transfer of National Security Council cief Thawil Pliensri.

Yingluck defended herself in the court following the testimony of both Thawil and Senator Paibul Nititawan.
Paibul filed the lawsuit against Yingluck accusing her of abusing her authority in moving Thawil to an advisory post so that Priewphan Damapong, brother of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s wife, could be come the national police chief.
“I deny the allegation... I didn’t violate any laws, I didn’t receive any benefit from the appointment,” Yingluck told the court.
Arguing against the allegations that she made Thawil’s transfer to benefit her family, Yingluck told the court that her brother, Thaksin, had already divorced Khunying Potjaman Na Pombejra.
Yingluck also told the court that she had assigned then deputy prime minister Kowit Wattana to be in charge of the Royal Thai Police and security affairs.
She said she did not consider the transfer of the police chief and the NSC chief because she and her Cabinet trusted Kowit and regarded that Kowit had already considered the matter.
Five companies of policemen were deployed to keep security at the court.
Yingluck was accompanied by Social Development and Human Security Minister Pavena Hongsakul, Information and Communication Technology Minister Anudith Nakhonthap, PM’s Office Minister Varathep Ratanakorn, PM’s Secretary General Suranand Vejjajiva, Pichit Cheunban, a defence lawyer, Pheu Thai secretary general Phumtham Wechayachai, and Gen Niphat Thonglek, permanent secretary for the Defence Ministry.