By Thai Newsroom Reporters
OUTSPOKEN GOVERNMENT CRITIC Chuwit Kamolvisit today (Mar.17) filed a petition to the Election Commission in pursuit of dissolution of the Bhumjaithai Party for allegedly accepting donations of laundered money.
Chuwit called on the polling agency to forward his petition over to the Constitutional Court for prompt consideration and a subsequent ruling over allegations that the Bhumjaithai had accepted separate sums of laundered money given as donations from a person, identified as Supawat Kasemsut, who, he said, had practically performed as a business nominee for Bhumjaithai secretary-general-cum-Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, brother of de facto party boss Newin Chidchob.
Saksayam who has been earlier ordered by court to stop performing as transport minister pending a court ruling over allegations that he had used legal loopholes in transferring his shares in Buri Charoen Construction Ltd. Part. to Supawat and had managed to land the construction firm 100-plus projects of the Ministry of Transport combinedly worth some 1.5 billion baht.
In return, the transport minister’s nominee had donated the allegedly laundered money on separate occasions to the second largest coalition partner, which is contesting an upcoming general election for MPs in constituencies nationwide, according to Chuwit who submitted some purported pieces of evidence to substantiate his allegations to the polling agency.
Saksayam earlier excused that he had sold off all his shares in Buri Charoen Construction Ltd.Part. before he assumed his cabinet seat and that Supawat had never served him as a business nominee as alleged.
If found guilty as charged, the Bhumjaithai could possibly be dissolved by law with all its executive board members including Saksayam being banned from politics for a number of years.
Chuwit Kamolvisit. Top photo: Thai Rath, Front Page photo: Matichon