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23 January 2008 :: 15:01:31 pm 29234

Thaksin’s Wife Denies all Charges in Corruption Case

BANGKOK, Jan 23 - The wife of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Wednesday denied any wrongdoing in controversial Bangkok land purchase in 2003, saying her husband will return to Thailand to fight similar charges in May.
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Pojaman Shinawatra faced the Supreme Court for the first hearing on charges of corruption in connection with the controversial Ratchadaphisek land purchase, in which she acquired a large parcel of prime government-owned real estate at a price which property professionals said was significantly lower than the then current market price. Security has been tightened around the Bangkok-based Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders

of Political Positions where a dozen of the former premier’s supporters, including close relatives and some former key executive members of his disbanded Thai Rak Thai party, turned up to give moral support to Pojaman who was accompanied by two of her three children, Pinthongta and Paethongtan Shinawatra.

Fifty police officers and a number of plainclothes police officers were deployed to ensure against any untoward incident.

Pojaman returned from Hong Kong earlier this month while her husband, who has promised to return later this year to fight similar charges, remains overseas. The court barred her from leaving the country or do anything to obstruct the judicial process or the bail will be revoked.

Mr. Thaksin and his wife are charged with corruption in relation to the purchase of a Bt772 million plot of land in Bangkok’s Rachadapisek area in 2003.

The former prime minister is accused of illegally influencing the deal and helping his wife purchase the government-owned parcel of land at a bargain price while he was in office. Mr. Thaksin and his wife have denied any wrongdoing.

The ousted prime minister said earlier he planned to return to Thailand by mid-April and was also prepared to defend himself in court. If found guilty, they could face years of imprisonment. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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