Thaksin Shinawatra's opponents may be angry with the Office of the Attoney General (OAG) and its former chief, Chulasingh Vasantasingh, for letting him off the hook on charges of terrorism, but the decision was not surprising given the current political climate.
Mr Chulasingh retired as attorney-general on Sept 30 this year. Unlike most other retired officials he will probably be remembered for years to come for the two controversial decisions the OAG made under his leadership. These two decisions may haunt him for the rest of his life if there is a major political wind of change in the future.
Both decisions concern the Shinawatra family. The first is the decision not to appeal to the Supreme Court a case in which Khunying Potjaman na Pombejra (Shinawatra), the ex-wife of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin, Mrs Kanchana Honghern, the khunying’s personal secretary, and associates were charged with evading 273 million baht in taxes for the transfer of Shin Corp shares to Bannapot Damapong, a brother of Khunying Potjaman.
Chulasingh Vasantasingh (Bangkok Post pic)