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27 November 2007 :: 12:11:23 pm 38507

OUSTED PREMIER FACES 3 MORE GRAFT CHARGES

BANGKOK, Nov 27 – The Assets Examination Committee is set to file three more graft charges against ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on the eve of the general election set for December 23.
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AEC member Kaewsan Athibodhi said the subcommittee reported to the parent body the result of its investigation into the allegations against the ex-premier for illegally concealing a controlling stake in Shin Corporation Plc when he first became prime minister in 2001, abusing his power by changing taxes that cost two state telecoms billions of baht, and altering terms of loans with neighbouring Myanmar.

He said that evidence submitted by the sub-committee demonstrated that Mr. Thaksin and his wife still held shares in Shin Corp when he assumed the premiership in 2001, although some were transferred to their relatives.

Such an action violates the anti-graft panel’s law, which could mean that the couple face a maximum imprisonment sentence of 6 years.

It is expected the committee would take two more weeks to wrap up the charges, he said, conceding that there is no evidence that implicates the former premier in some cases.

“We affirm we have not accelerated the cases in the run-up to the general election. We have just done it under the timeframe set earlier,” said Mr. Kaewsan.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Crime News

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