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30 July 2008 :: 09:07:16 am 28440

Court Approves China, Japan Trip for Thaksin and Wife

BANGKOK, July 29 - The Thai Supreme Court‘s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders on Tuesday granted permission to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife to visit Japan and China to attend the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics next month.
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The deposed premier and his wife, Khunying Pojaman, must defend themselves against corruption charges in relation to a controversial Ratchadapisek area land deal. The two were earlier barred from leaving the kingdom without the court’s permission.

Kamnuan Chalopathum, Mr. Thaksin’s lawyer, said the former premier will travel to Japan and China from July 31 to August 10 and attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. His wife would later join him in Beijing on August 5.

The Supreme Court, however, rejected a request by the couple to travel to the United Kingdom from August 15 to 20. The court said the defendants were required to report to the court on August 11 after which they could re-submit the request. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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