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Lawyers Council of Thailand disbars lawyer in B3mn fraud case

Lawyers Council of Thailand disbars lawyer in B3mn fraud case

BANGKOK: The Lawyers Council of Thailand (LCT) has decided to disbar a lawyer accused of cheating a wheelchair-bound teenager and her family out of B3 million in compensation supposed to be paid to the family over a 2005 road accident case.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 7 July 2017, 08:34AM


Pattarada ‘Nong Beam’ Kaewpong, 14, has been confined to a wheelchair since she was two, after a road accident that killer her father and resulted in a lawyer receiving most of the compensation money she was due. Photo: Pawat Laopaisarntaksin

Pattarada ‘Nong Beam’ Kaewpong, 14, has been confined to a wheelchair since she was two, after a road accident that killer her father and resulted in a lawyer receiving most of the compensation money she was due. Photo: Pawat Laopaisarntaksin

Pisit Sammalert, the lawyer, allegedly falsified documents authorising himself to claim the compensation on behalf of the family and never paid the amount to the family.

The LCT, however, cited Mr Pisit having been declared bankrupt in 2004 as the grounds to disbar him, according to Sombat Wongkamhaeng, spokesman for the LCT.

A proposal to disbar Mr Pisit for this reason was backed by a majority vote at a special meeting of the LCT’s executives held yesterday (June 6), said Mr Sombat.

Mr Pisit became unqualified to practice as a licensed lawyer from the day he was declared bankrupt in 2004, according to the LCT.

The LCT therefore reserves the right to exercise its power under Section 43 of the Lawyers Act to remove him from the list of certified lawyers, said Mr Sombat.

The LCT will next formally request the registrar of certified lawyers to execute the LCT’s decision to disbar Mr Pisit, said Mr Sombat.

Pattana Jatiket, a vice-president of the LCT, said he has been contacted by a close friend of Mr Pisit who said Mr Pisit intends to defend himself against the LCT’s decision.

Pattarada “Nong Beam” Kaewpong, 14, was left with a serious spinal injury and her father killed in a 2005 road accident in Surat Thani province in which the pickup truck the family was travelling in collided with an 18-wheeler lorry.

Mr Pisit later met the family and offered pro bono legal help.

According to previous accounts from the girl’s mother, Pornthip Chantharat, Mr Pisit told them the lorry operator had agreed to pay them B1mn in compensation.

However, monthly payments of B40,000 were paid to them for only seven months after which the lawyer could no longer be contacted.

The mother and the daughter filed a lawsuit yesterday with the Civil Court seeking B3.4mn in compensation from Mr Pisit.

Demanded to be paid together with the stolen B3mnt is B412,000 interest, the lawsuit said.

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