Property baron Anant acknowledges charges by DSI today

Property baron Anant Asavabhokhin handed himself in to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) this morning to acknowledge charges of money laundering conspiracy in a financial scandal linked to the Dhammakaya temple.

Anant was reportedly summoned for questioning by the DSI over land deals he entered into with the former chairman of Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative Supachai Srisupa-aksorn now in prison pending trial for the 13 billion baht fraud.

The fraud also links to the fugitive former abbot of Dhammakaya temple, Phra Dhammachayo.

Anant was accompanied by his lawyer.

He was summoned by the DSI to acknowledge the charges on June 7.

However his lawyer contacted the DSI yesterday to arrive today, two day ahead of the appointed date to avoid expected large group of news journalists.

He and his lawyer managed to avoid reporters gathering at the front gate of the DSI office through back door this morning.

After acknowledgement of the charge, he told reporters briefly that he sought the DSI's permission for 60 days to collect all evidences to prove his innocence.

He denied any involvement in the money laundering and money laundering conspiracy accused by the DSI.

Earlier he resigned from the chairmanship of four of his companies, Land & House, Quality Houses, LH Bang and Home and Home Product Center after he was accused in the scandal.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)