PM's Office Minister Nalinee sanctioned by Treasury Dept office for dealings with Mugabe regime THE NATION January 19, 2012 首相府大臣ナリニー、ムガベ体制との商取引で、米国財務省に制裁措置を受ける 2012年1月19日 Nationより
The Yingluck II Cabinet, announced yesterday evening, was immediately rocked by a controversy after new face Nalinee Taveesin, who was appointed PM's Office minister, was exposed as being on a United States blacklist due to her alleged business connections with Zimbabwe. Nalinee's name was on the US blacklist of "cronies" of the much-abhorred Zimbabwean regime. The disclosure was certain to put more strain on bilateral relations after the US Embassy's recent terrorist warning on its website upset the Thai government.
Nalinee described the issue as a mix-up. "It was a misunderstanding on the part of the US. This happened a long time ago. I didn't do anything as alleged," she told the Krungthep Turakij newspaper. Nalinee's qualifications to be a minister attached to the Prime Minister's Office had been checked constitutionally before the Cabinet list was submitted for His Majesty the King's approval, Cabinet secretary-general Ampon Kittiampon said yesterday. However, Ampon said he was not aware that her name was on the list of Zimbabwean Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) by the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in November 2008. About two decades ago, the revelation that veteran politician Narong Wongwan was on a US blacklist all but ruined his political career. He was a prime ministerial candidate when news about the blacklist knocked him off his perch.
「それは米国の一部の人の誤解である。これはずっと昔に起こったことだ。私は申し立てられたことは何ひとつしていない。」ナリニーはクルンテープ・トラキット紙にそう述べている。 首相府付の大臣であるナリニーの資格要件は、内閣リストが国王陛下の承認を得るために提出される前にチェックされていると、内閣官房長官アンポン・キッテイアンポンは昨日述べた。 しかし、アンポンは、ナリニーの名前が、米国財務省オフィス海外資産管理（2008年11月）(OFAC) によるジンバブエの国連制裁国、米国禁輸国、テロ支援国の政府関係機関、関連企業等の個人･法人リスト（ＳＤＮ）にあったのに気付かなかったと述べた。 約20年前、ベテラン政治家ナロン・ウォンワンが米国のブラックリストに載っていることが暴露され、政治生命を失ったことがある。ナロン氏は首相候補であったが、ブラックリストのニュースが政治の舞台から彼を退場させた。 Robert Amsterdam, the lawyer for fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, reportedly wants to compare former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva with Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe for Abhisit's alleged role in the bloody crackdown against civil disobedience last year. The US OFAC designated in the SDN list Nalinee Joy Taveesin, then an ordinary Thai businesswoman, for her facilitation of a number of financial, real-estate and gems-related transactions on behalf of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace Mugabe and other Zimbabweans on the SDN list. "Ironically, Nalinee Taveesin has participated in a number of initiatives on corruption and growth challenges in Africa and Southeast Asia while secretly supporting the kleptocratic practices of one of Africa's most corrupt regimes," according to a OFAC statement issued on November 25, 2008.
As a consequence, American citizens or entities were prohibited from doing business with her, while her assets, if they went through a US jurisdiction, would be frozen. Zimbabwe was sanctioned by the US in 2003 for its undemocratic practices. In 2005, an executive order by then president George W Bush expanded the list of sanction targets to include immediate family members of the designated individuals of the Zimbabwean sanctions as well as those who provide assistance to the sanctioned targets. Nalinee said she was close to many countries' leaders, not just those governing Zimbabwe. She insisted that she did not do any illegal business overseas.
Cabinet secretary-general Ampon said he had reviewed Nalinee's credentials for a ministerial post and found nothing against Thai laws. Her name was submitted together with other new ministers for His Majesty's approval, and got royal endorsement yesterday evening. If appearing on the SDN list is not against Thai law, she is still eligible to be a minister, Ampon said. "But if such a status is against Thai law, we have to consider the matter again," he said. "At this moment, don't make any premature conclusion."