Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Thaksin money clean says lawyer

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has nothing to fear from a Thai investigation of his purchase of Premier League football club Manchester City, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

"We don't need to pull our pants down to prove that we are innocent," Noppadon Pattama told reporters after the Asset Examination Committee (AEC) said it had begun a probe into whether the club was bought with legitimate financing.

The deal was legitimate and Thaksin was not concerned, he said.

"He is not not paying attention to this bid to discredit him, but working on how to make the City the number one club," Noppadon said of a team which has started the season well and now lies league after finishing the last season 15th.


Our owner was also in the news again recently, given plans to release a DVD of his post-political career in Thailand ahead of the December elections - a move designed to gain support for his political allies claim his critics, but not so according to Noppadon; "If you like a leading actor named Thaksin, you're welcome to see it," he said. "For those who dislike him, but like his ideas, they should see it to utilise his approach."

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