(7 February) Pheu Thai spokesman has accused anti-government protest leader of buying lands in a southern province with donation money.
According to Mr. Prompong Nopparit, his party has received information that 52 rai of land in Nakhon Si Thammarat province was purchased on 29 January with the price of 280 million baht.
The purchase was highly suspicious, Mr. Prompong said, as the provincial Department of Landm, which wields the sole authority in approving all land sales in the area, was closed down at the time due to "shutdown" protests organised by the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD).
In the land purchase document allegedly obtained by Pheu Thai Party, the name of the son of PCAD leader Suthep Thaugsuban was also listed as a co-buyer.
Furthermore, the land borders with another piece of land owned by a "prominent Democrat politician", Mr. Prompong added, without naming the person.
Mr. Prompong said he would like to ask Mr. Suthep and his son managed to purchase the land, since their bank accounts are currently frozen by the authorities.
"I want to ask Mr. Suthep and his son whether this is true," Mr. Prompong said, "Mr. Suthep has to clarify this matter. If he doesn′t, I′ll take it that he accepts the allegation".
The spokesman of Pheu Thai Party also voiced his suspicion that Mr. Suthep′s family has spent a part of donation money received from PCAD supporters on the land purchase.
"There has already been rumour about whatever happened to 2 billion baht of donation Mr. Suthep has received," Mr. Prompong said in the press conference.
He added that the ruling party will request the Division of Special Investigation (DSI) and the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) to investigate the land purchase in Nakhon Si Thammarat for the sake of "fairness".
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