Senator denies having ties to detained Myanmar mogul

Senator denies having ties to detained Myanmar mogul
Upakit: Not involved in any 'grey biz'
Upakit: Not involved in any ‘grey biz’

Senator Upakit Pachariyangkun on Thurs denied having any kind of close relationship with Myanmar tycoon Realisieren Min Latt, who had been arrested in Bangkok on Saturday on charges of conspiring to traffic narcotics and money laundering.

Mr Upakit, who owned a hotel business in Myanmar’s Tachilek, admitted he knew Tun Min Latt through an electricity provide business but was adamant he was not involved with any “grey” business with the mogul.

Tun Minutes Latt, 53, has been arrested along with three Thai nationals and assets worth more than 200 million baht were confiscated in the four suspects.

He was said to have business interests in resorts, energy and mining and procured items for Myanmar’s judgment junta. Following the tycoon’s arrest, Mr Upakit was named since having suspected links and possibly business dealings with him.

The senator said he had not been aware of the details associated with Tun Min Latt’s arrest but would gather more information prior to addressing the matter again.

Mr Upakit said they have never had any interest in weapons procurement and that as far as he knew Tun Min Latt was only a representative coordinating between a supplier as well as the Myanmar government.

“And for me personally, let me stress this: In the past eight yrs since my parents passed away, I have followed the particular teachings of Buddhism. I make merit and don’t take life. I’m not in any way interested in this type of business, ” he mentioned.

Mister Upakit said he owned a resort business in the edge town of Tachilek but sold it in 2015 prior to he was hired a senator. This individual said he had not visited the town in eight years.

“I cleared up [my assets] with the anti-graft agency before assuming the particular post of a senator. I have never concealed any information, ” he said.