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Panthongtae says he only wants his family back, no more politics

Panthongtae, the only son of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, posted on his Instagram @oak_ptt on the occasion of his 38th birthday on Saturday (Dec 2) that all members of the Shinawatra family want a happy family back, not politics.

He posted an image of him paying respects to his mother, Khunying Potjaman Na Pompejra.

In his IG posting, Panthongtae wrote: Traditionally, on the occasion of my birthday I usually kraab (paid respects) to my father and mother. But, for the past 10 years I cannot do this to my father exactly on my birthday. But will do so once I have a chance to travel.

For the past 10 years until today, I and everybody in my family stand by our words that we only want to get our happy family back. None of us wants to get involved in politics again not anymore. If this is possible, it would be the most valuable gift for me and my family, he added.

Mr Panthongtae and three other persons were accused by the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) of money laundering in connection with the loan extension by the state owned Krungthai Bank to the Krisda Mahanakorn Group. They were said to receive two cheques � one for 10 million baht and the other for 26 million baht � from former top executives of the Group.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)