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    Arrest warrant issued for Thaksin Shinawatra


    For not showing up in case related to the Telecom

    More later: https://www.khaosod.co.th/politics/news_804010
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    Fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra gets another arrest warrant in telecom excise tax case


    The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Persons Holding Political Positions today (Mar 6) issued another warrant for the arrest of ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra after he failed to appear to defend himself in a corruption case involving a telecom concession.

    In this case, Thaksin was indicted of corruption over the conversion of revenue-sharing telecom concession to excise tax that inflicted over 66 billion baht loss to the state in 2008.

    The Supreme Court scheduled today as the first hearing of the case brought against Thaksin by the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) after it was discarded of by the court for a decade after the defendant failed to appear in the court.

    However, the OAG renewed its prosecution against him last November following the enforcement of a new law that allows trial in absentia of the defendants.

    The nine-member panel of judges began hearing of the charges at 9.30am today without Thaksin or any of his representatives.

    The OAG indicted 69-year-old Thaksin of having conflict of interest, abusing authority, negligence of duty that caused 66 billion baht damages to the state in the conversion of his family telecom business Shin Corporation’s revenue-sharing concession to excise tax payment system.

    According to the OAG, the conversion had greatly benefitted his family’s telecom business but a tremendous loss to the state.

    However, Thaksin didn’t appear to defend himself without any advanced notice of his absence, prompting the court to announce that the fugitive ex-premier has denied all charges and issued arrest warrant for him.

    The court ordered the OAG to find out Thaksin’s whereabout and report the progress to the court once a month.

    In case that he could not be arrested in 3 months after the date of the warrant, the court will then proceed with the trial at his absence.

    During the trial, Thaksin could appoint his representative to attend the hearing any time, and he still has the right to defend himself before the court hands down the final ruling.

    The court scheduled the next court session on July 10 for inspection of evidence. Notification would be sent to registered residence of the defendant to appear before the court.

    The Supreme Court had earlier issued arrest warrants for Thaksin over several other cases he failed to appear. They included Krungthai Bank loan to Krissada Mahanakhon real estate, Exim Bank loan to Myanmar, and online lottery draw.: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/fug...cise-tax-case/
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    Thaksin telecoms concession trial resumes in absentia


    The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a new arrest warrant for fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and resumed his trial in absentia on alleged manipulation of telecom concession fees for personal gain 15 years ago.

    The case is the first to be revived by public prosecutors of the many cases against Thaksin which were shelved after he fled Thailand in August 2008.

    The case was revived under a new provision in the criminal code regarding charges against holders of political office that took effect last year. The change permits the trial of fugitive politicians in absentia.

    The Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions in Laksi district issued the new arrest warrant after Thaksin, 69, neither showed up nor sent a lawyer to the court, although a summons was earlier attached to his registered residence in Charan Sanitwong area.

    The court considered his no-show on Tuesday as a denial of the charges.

    The hearing adjourned, with the court setting July 10 for the examination of evidence and witness lists.

    Thaksin was put on trial in July 11, 2008, for allegedly wrongfully changing regulations on telecom concession fees in favour of companies he owned, causing a loss to the state of 68 billion baht, while prime minister.

    Public prosecutors told the court that from Feb 9, 2001 to Sept 19, 2006, Thaksin as the prime minister had authority over excise tax and telecom matters.

    He ordered the transformation of concession fees paid by businesses under his Shin Corp into excise tax. The companies were Advanced Info Service and Digital Phone, which had been obliged to pay concession fees to state-owned companies TOT and CAT Telecom.

    Prosecutors said Thaksin ordered amendments to excise tax laws and a cabinet resolution on the collection of excise tax on telecommunication businesses in 2003 to make changes concerning telecommunication concession fees.

    That caused damage to TOT amounting to 41.95 billion baht and CAT Telecom 25.99 billion baht.

    Thaksin also failed to order the collection of excise tax on a satellite business, although it provided a telecommunications service. Shin Corp had a satellite concession with the state.

    In October 2008, the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions sentenced Thaksin in absentia to two years in prison after finding him guilty of abuse of authority in helping his wife win the bidding for the purchase of prime state land in inner Bangkok

    Thaksin has lived in self-imposed exile abroad since fleeing the country in August that year while on bail, after getting permission to attend the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

    His then wife, Potjaman na Pombejra, who was also on bail pending appeal after being convicted of evading taxes in connection with a 1997 shares transfer deal, joined him in exile. She has since returned and divorced him.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/pol...es-in-absentia

    divorced him


    Don’t ya love it? Protect the assets by divorcing and one claiming the assets and the other not fighting for them. Why? Gov doesn’t get to attach those assets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post

    Don’t ya love it? Protect the assets by divorcing..
    Done all the time. Give assets to wife and then divorce.

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    Court orders Thaksin arrest in new trial against former PM


    EXILED EX-PREMIER ACCUSED OF MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

    THAILAND’S TOP court yesterday issued an arrest warrant for fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra relating to policy executed by his government that was deemed to benefit his family business.

    The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders started its trial in the case under a new law on criminal procedures relating to cases against politicians. The new law allows trials in absentia against politicians that have been suspended because the defendants have fled the country.

    Thaksin was sued by public prosecutors in 2008 on charges of malfeasance, dereliction of duty and violating the anti-corruption law. The case stemmed from his government’s decision to allow companies with telecoms concessions to pay excise tax instead of concession fees, which caused lost revenue of Bt66 billion to the relevant state agencies.

    The Shinawatra family’s business at that time, Shin Corporation, was deemed to be one of the telecoms firms benefiting from the policy.

    Thaksin, 69, fled the country the same year and has since lived in self-imposed exile overseas. Under the old law, the legal cases against him were suspended pending his arrest but under the new law passed last year, the court is empowered to try cases in the absence of fugitive politicians three months after an arrest warrant is issued following their escape.

    Under the new law, the defendants have the right to appoint lawyers to act on their behalf and they can get involved in defending themselves at any time during the trial.
    However, neither Thaksin nor his lawyer was present at the court yesterday and he did not appoint anyone to act on his behalf, so only the prosecution was present in court.
    Copies of the arrest warrant and the indictment had been posted at Thaksin’s house in the Charoen Sanitwong area of Bangkok, notifying him of the start of the trial yesterday.

    The court issued an arrest warrant for Thaksin after no representatives from the defence appeared in court yesterday. The court also assigned public prosecutors to seek Thaksin’s arrest and to give monthly updates to the court on their progress.

    The court concluded the hearing by instructing both sides to return on July 10 to examine the evidence and list of witnesses.

    There are also three other cases against Thaksin that are being reviewed in his absence due to the new law. They involve alleged irregularities regarding a loan from the state-run Krungthai Bank to a property firm, a loan from the state-run Export-Import Bank to Myanmar and a Thaksin government project to offer state lottery bets similar to those of underground lottery schemes.

    In their lawsuit filed against Thaksin, public prosecutors also accused him of acting in conflict of interest while serving as prime minister between 2001 and 2006, in addition to malfeasance and negligence.

    The lawsuit noted Thaksin’s government exempted his satellite business from paying excise tax even though it was part of the telecoms sector. The exemption also benefited his family’s Shin Corp. :http://www.nationmultimedia.com/deta...itics/30340338
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    Thaksin refuses to participate in telecoms case under new law


    FORMER PREMIER WILL NOT HAVE A LAWYER PRESENT IN ONE-SIDED ‘INQUISITORIAL’ TRIAL

    FUGITIVE FORMER prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has decided not to fight a legal battle regarding a telecoms concession case against him because he disagreed with a new law that allowed trials in absentia, one of his lawyers said yesterday.

    Lawyer Veeparat Srichaiya said he had learned from a person close to Thaksin that the former prime minister disagreed with the legal amendment allowing cases against politicians to be tried in the absence of the defendants.

    “That law has a retroactive effect, which is against international legal principles. We oppose all forms of injustice,” he said.

    Thaksin’s lawyer added that his government’s policy, which converted fees for state telecommunications concessions into excise taxes for concessionaire telecom operators, did not cause damage to the state and the companies involved did not gain from the policy.

    The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders on Tuesday started a trial in the case under a new law on criminal procedures relating to cases against politicians.

    The new law allows trials in absentia against politicians that were suspended because the defendants fled the country.

    Under the old law, legal cases against Thaksin were suspended pending his arrest, but under the new law passed last year, the court can try cases in the absence of fugitive politicians three months after an arrest warrant is issued following their escape.

    Thaksin, 69, was sued by public prosecutors in 2008 on charges of malfeasance, dereliction of duty and violating the anti-corruption law. He fled the country in the same year and has since lived in self-imposed exile overseas.

    His government’s decision to allow companies with telecoms concessions to pay excise taxes instead of concession fees had allegedly lost revenue of Bt66 billion for relevant state agencies.

    The policy executed by Thaksin’s government also allegedly benefited his family business at that time, Shin Corp, one of the telecoms firms affected by the policy.

    The court on Tuesday also issued an arrest warrant for Thaksin after neither he nor his lawyer was present in court and he did not appoint anyone to act on his behalf.

    Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam yesterday said if Thaksin did not appoint a lawyer to fight the case, the court would have no choice but to continue the trial unilaterally.

    “You can’t help it. The court adopts the inquisitorial system,” Wissanu said.

    Thailand’s ordinary courts usually adopted the accusatorial system.

    He added that the judges might sometimes cross-examine prosecution witnesses, but defence lawyers would certainly do it better in the defendant’s interest.

    “It is best to appoint your own lawyer. At least he can observe the trial,” said Wissanu, who is in charge of the government’s legal affairs.: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/deta...itics/30340440
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    Thaksin chooses not to appoint lawyer - Court considers former PM's no-show as a denial of charges


    Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said Wednesday former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra would be at a disadvantage by not appointing a lawyer to represent him in court.

    He was commenting on reports the former premier was not represented by a lawyer when the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions resumed a trial against him for alleged manipulation of telecom concession fees 15 years ago on Tuesday.

    Thaksin, 69, who lives in self-imposed exile to avoid a 2008 prison sentence for abuse of power related to the Ratchadaphisek land deal, did not show up and did not send a lawyer to the court although a summons was earlier attached to his registered residence in the Charan Sanitwong area.

    The court considered his no-show as him denying the charges.

    Mr Wissanu said Thaksin would be at a disadvantage because an inquisitorial system is used in the trial. Under this system, the court is empowered to ascertain facts and evidence on its own.

    He said appointing a lawyer to fight the charges was the best course of action for the former prime minister.

    "The court may cross-examine witnesses but it's not as good as a defence lawyer. Appointing a lawyer to fight the charges is the best approach. At least the lawyer can observe the trial if he doesn't have questions," he said.

    The case against Thaksin was revived under a new law on criminal procedures for political office-holders that took effect on Sept 29 last year. This allows for the trials of fugitive politicians to be held in absentia.

    Thaksin was put on trial on July 11, 2008 for conflict of interest for allegedly changing regulations on telecom concession fees in favour of companies he owned, causing a loss to the state valued at 68 billion baht.

    According to the indictment given to the court by prosecutors, Thaksin as the prime minister from Feb 9, 2001 to Sept 19, 2006 ordered the conversion of concession fees paid by businesses under his Shin Corp into excise tax. The companies were Advanced Info Service and Digital Phone.

    Following the no-show, the court also issued a fresh arrest warrant for Thaksin. The court set July 10 for an examination of evidence and witness lists.

    Meanwhile, Weerapat Srichaiya, a lawyer for Thaksin's asset seizure trial, said the former prime minister disagreed with legal amendments allowing the trial to be held in absentia.

    Citing information from Thaksin's close aides, the lawyer said Thaksin, who has a degree in criminal justice, feels such amendments are against international standard practices.

    Mr Weerapat said the conversion of concession fees into excise tax did not cause any financial damage to the state and the companies did not gain any benefits from it.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/pol...4138/#cxrecs_s
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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said Wednesday former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra would be at a disadvantage by not appointing a lawyer to represent him in court.
    That suggests to me that you're a shit-for-brains monkey that's part of a corrupt military dictatorship of a banana republic.

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    another.......

    THAILAND TO SEEK THAKSIN’S EXTRADITION FROM HONG KONG

    The prosecutor’s office said Tuesday it will seek the extradition of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra when he arrives in Hong Kong later this week for his daughter’s wedding.

    Chatchom Akapin, head of the public prosecutor’s overseas department, said officials decided to act after the fugitive former leader announced on social media that he would be present Friday at Paetongtarn Shinawatra’s wedding in the Chinese city.

    “Thaksin is still wanted for a conviction under Thai law,” Chatchom told reporters.

    Chatchom said an extradition request would be filed as soon as officials established where Thaksin’s accommodations and travel arrangements in Hong Kong. Wedding invitations handed out to Thaksin’s acquaintances named the Rosewood Hotel on Victoria Harbour as the banquet venue.

    The special administrative region has no extradition treaty with Thailand.

    The twice-elected politician was ousted in a 2006 coup and convicted of corruption two years later, though he fled Thailand shortly prior to the verdict. Despite his exile, Thaksin retains immense influence over his political dynasty and supporters.

    All previous Thai efforts to have Thaksin extradited have failed. The 69-year-old routinely travels between his residences in London, Dubai and Hong Kong.

    Just earlier this year, Thaksin visited ancestral homes in mainland China without any legal repercussions, though Chinese state media reportedly censored details of the trip, presumably to avoid upsetting Thai authorities.

    Chatchom said it will be the first time the government has filed a request for Thaksin’s extradition with Hong Kong.

    The special administrative region has no extradition treaty with Thailand.: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politi...rom-hong-kong/
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