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16 November 2008 :: 21:11:40 pm 40547

Divorce Paves Way For Pojaman to Reapply for British Visa

BANGKOK, Nov 16 -- Critics of former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, convicted of dereliction of duty and misusing his position while holding public office, are growing increasingly suspicious over his divorce Friday from his wife Pojaman.
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A former spokesman of the now-expired Assets Examination Committee (AEC) believes the termination of the marriage of 32 years could help her in reapplying for a British visa.

Former AEC spokesman Sak Korsangrung said the divorce could be made for “political gain” and that it could be easier for each side to manage assets independently. After the divorce, Mrs. Pojaman could offer the claim that she has no connection with Thai politics and she could reapply for a visa to Britain, despite the British government’s recent move barring the couple.

Press reports in Bangkok said Mr. Thaksin, ousted in a September 2006 coup, had divorced his wife at the Thai consulate in Hong Kong. The divorce, if it has actually occurred, would not have any impact on legal cases which involved both of them, Mr. Sak said.

Only two cases involved the couple. The first was the purchase of land in Bangkok’s prime Ratchadapisek business area regarding which the court is waiting to see if Mr. Thaksin will appeal within 30 days of the October 21 ruling in which the ousted premier was sentenced to two years imprisonment, while his wife was acquitted over conflict of interest charges.

Another case involved the couple’s Bt76 billion in assets frozen in connection with a corruption case, said Mr. Sak, adding that the case would not be affected because the alleged wrongdoing was committed when the two were married.

The remaining cases come under the criminal court and involve only one person, he said. Sources close to Mr. Thaksin’s family have, however, described the separation of the couple as a “divorce on paper only”, suggesting that the action was taken for practical and legal reasons. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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