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Thaksin’s ex-wife acquitted

THAILAND: A court last week acquitted the ex-wife of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra after she appealed against her conviction and three-year prison sentence for tax evasion.

Friday 2 September 2011, 08:31AM

Pojaman Shinawatra “did not have a duty to pay tax” when she sold shares in a then family-owned telecoms business to her brother, a judge at Bangkok’s Criminal Court said.

Ms Pojaman, her brother and her secretary Kanjanapa Hongheun were convicted in July 2008 of colluding to evade tax totalling B546 million in a 1997 transfer of shares in Shinawatra Computer and Communication, which later became Shin Corp.

Mr Thaksin fled the country days after his wife’s conviction – and ahead of his own corruption trial – and has never returned, arguing that charges against him were politically-motivated.

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He was later sentenced in absentia to two years in prison over a land deal involving his ex-wife.

In February last year the Supreme Court confiscated around B42 billion – about half of Mr Thaksin’s fortune – thought to be the proceeds of the 2006 sale of Shin Corp to Singapore-based Temasek Holdings. – AFP



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