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22 November 2008 :: 10:11:18 am 28146

Thaksin’s Ex-Wife Asks Court to Overrule Jail Sentence

BANGKOK, Nov 21 - A Thai court accepted an appeal lodged by a lawyer representing Pojaman Shinawatra, ex-wife of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, in a tax evasion case.
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Mrs. Pojaman’s lawyer Weerapat Srichaiya said he filed the appeal against the Criminal Court verdict of July 31 which ruled Mrs. Pojaman, her step-brother Bannapote Damapong and Mrs. Pojaman’s secretary Kanjanapa Honghern, were guilty of tax evasion.

Mrs. Pojaman and Mr. Bannapot were both sentenced to 3 year’s imprisonment and Ms Kanjanapa 2 years.

The Lower Court on Friday accepted the appeal and would later forward the case to the Court of Appeals for deliberation.

Mrs. Pojaman’s lawyer said it was not clear how long the judicial process would take to compile documents, arguments and counter-arguments from both the defendants and the plaintiff.

Mrs. Pojaman, Mr. Bhanapot, and her secretary Ms. Kanjanapa were convicted of colluding to evade Bt543 million (US$16 million) in taxes in 1997, through a complicated transfer of 4.5 million Shinawatra Computer and Communications shares. All three had pleaded innocent in the case.

Thaksin and his wife, Pojaman, who married in 1976, divorced at the Thai consul general’s office in Hong Kong on Nov 14, according to his spokesman Pongthep Thepkanjana. The fugitive ex-premier, who was toppled by a 2006 military coup, was sentenced in absentia by a Thai court in October to two years in prison for violating a conflict of interest law while he was prime minister. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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