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Amlo petitioned to investigate alleged protest moneymen

Amlo petitioned to investigate alleged protest moneymen

BANGKOK: Serial petitioner Srisuwan Janya on Wednesday asked the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) to investigate 11 people he believes are helping finance the anti-government demonstrations.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 16 September 2020, 05:38PM


Srisuwan Janya (centre) submits his petition to an official at the Anti-Money Laundering Office on Wednesday. Photo: Srisuwan Janya / Facebook

Srisuwan Janya (centre) submits his petition to an official at the Anti-Money Laundering Office on Wednesday. Photo: Srisuwan Janya / Facebook

The secretary-general of the Association for the Protection of the Constitution submitted a petition to Amlo, with the 11 names, reports the Bangkok Post.

Mr Srisuwan said they had provided material and financial support for past demonstrations, and for the planned protest by the United Front for Thammasat and Demonstration planned to start this Saturday at Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus.

He asked Amlo to exercise its power and order banks to reveal bank accounts opened by the 11 people, or other groups of people, to receive donations supporting the protests, which were illegal.

Mr Srisuwan said numerous protests had been organised both in Bangkok and other provinces, outside and inside academic compounds. A number of core leaders of the protests had been summonsed by the police, charged with various legal offences and released on conditional bail.

After being released, they continued to take an active part in other demonstrations in various provinces in violation of their bail conditions, and declared they would lead a major demonstration on Sept 19-20.

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“The demonstrations would not be possible without interested groups acting as a feeding pipeline from behind. Every public gathering needs a lot of money to pay for food, water, the stage, sound system, mobile toilets, equipment and labour costs,” he said.

“It would be difficult for students, most of whom do not have any income of their own, to pay for the protests by themselves. 

“Many people have opened bank accounts to accept donations online to support the protests,” Mr Srisuwan said. “They include actors, actresses, businessmen, film directors and other groups of people.”

Although it was obvious the past demonstrations were illegal, the authorities had not taken legal action against their supporters, who might have also violated the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 1999 and its amendments, according to Mr Srisuwan.

Those people might have also violated sections 83 and 86 of the Criminal Code by supporting illegal activities, he said.

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DeKaaskopp | 19 September 2020 - 15:05:24

It can't get any better if one serial complainer on here start to complain about another  Thai serial complainer. And Kurt, you should look at the "vita" of this man before calling him a "paid messenger boy in hands of anti democratic factions".

Kurt | 19 September 2020 - 14:49:35

The today demonstration was initiated by students, but as we can see live on NationTV,  young and old non students take part. It is a Thai peoples demonstration, not a student one. Mr Srisuwan can withdraw his petition. His doubts/questions about fundings are 'live' answered.

Kurt | 19 September 2020 - 00:42:46

Mr Srisuwan seems to be a paid messenger boy in hands of anti democratic factions, just to secure the paralyzing Thailand status quo. Of course demonstrations cost money. Quite normal. What is wrong with that? Students, their families, people, villages support them. Same as with elections, but more honest.

Fascinated | 16 September 2020 - 23:02:26

I wish someone would get HIM petitioned. there are laws against this sort of time wasting in some countries. Strange he never finds fault with the Junta.

 

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