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  • #16
    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


    • #17
      Former Thai PM Thaksin sentenced in absentia to two years in jail for illegal government lottery

      Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was sentenced in absentia on Thursday to two years in jail for launching an illegal government lottery over a decade ago.

      The Supreme Court judges in charge of criminal lawsuits against politicians ruled the former prime minister guilty of involvement in running the illegal two- and three-digit lottery which allegedly incurred some 53.8 million US dollars in losses between 2003 and 2006.

      Thaksin was among a total of four persons accused of involvement in the illegal government lottery and sentenced to two years in jail each.

      However, the jail sentence for the three others, including former Deputy Finance Minister Varathep Rattanakorn, was suspended.

      The former prime minister never showed up in court trials or had any lawyer handle the case in his defense after he has left the country in self-exile overseas since 2008.

      Previously, the court sentenced Thaksin to two years in jail in 2008 for having a conflict of interest after his ex-wife won a bidding contest to buy a state-owned land plot in inner Bangkok while he was prime minister in 2003.

      The 10-year statute of limitations of the case expired in October last year.: -
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      • #18
        The Supreme Court issued an arrest warrant for “Thaksin”, sentenced to 5 years in Ushin Corp’s case

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        • #19
          Court gives Thaksin another 5-year sentence

          The Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to five years in jail for illegally holding shares in the state's phone concessionaires and conflict of interest, and issued a warrant for his arrest.

          The Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions said it resumed the trial in the case against Thaksin in absentia as allowed by the new Organic Act on Criminal Procedure for Holders of Political Positions in 2017.

          Thaksin was arraigned by the attorney-general in 2008 on charges of malfeasance and conflict of interest between Feb 9, 2001 and Sept 19, 2006, during his two terms as prime minister.

          Thaksin was charged with violating the Organic Act on Counter Corruption by holding shares in Shin Corp through proxies. The act prohibits a government official from holding shares in a contractor of the state. He was also arraigned for conflict of interest in breach of the Criminal Code.

          The court found Thaksin guilty as charged.

          It said its ruling that Thaksin ordered executive decrees and his cabinet reached a resolution to cut the excise tax rate for mobile phone operators from 50% to 10% and allow such operators to deduct their concession fees equivalent against tax paid.

          That benefited Advance Info Service Plc and Digital Phone Co, which were part of Shin Corp of which Thaksin was the major shareholder. The companies obtained mobile phone concessions from TOT Plc and CAT Telecom Plc respectively.

          A panel of judges from the court ruled by a majority vote to sentence Thaksin to two years in jail for holding shares in the mobile phone companies and three years for conflict of interest. The sentences are consecutive.

          The court also issued a warrant for his arrest. However, Thaksin fled the country in 2008.:
          Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


          • #20
            Need to clean up your own backyard before judging.

            Seems as they can't let it go.


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