Pattaya Daily News

19 June 2007 :: 10:06:23 am 29583

Thaksin Case Going to Supreme Court for Prosecution

BANGKOK, June 18 -- The Office of the Attorney General has decided to proceed Thursday at the Supreme Court with alleged malfeasance charges involving a Bt772 million land purchase against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife, Khunying Pojaman.
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Attorney General Patchara Yutithamdamrong said Thursday’s planned proceeding at the Supreme Court followed a finding by a 10-member working committee headed by Deputy Attorney General Somsak Boonthong that the former prime minister and his wife were guilty as alleged of the malfeasance charges earlier lodged by the Assets Examination Committee.

The Office of the Attorney General’s working group ruled that the Ratchadapisek land, which changed hands from the Financial Institutions Development Fund to Mr. Thaksin’s wife, could have raised as much as Bt2.1 billion in being sold on the market, but eventually sold for only Bt772 million when the purchase was made.

In addition, the Office of the Attorney General suggested the 33 rai parcel of controversial land be confiscated at the order of the Supreme Court, Mr. Patchara said.

The AEC, which had investigated and lodged malfeasance charges against Mr. Thaksin and his wife with the Office of Attorney-General, had earlier said the Ratchadapisek land could have earned twice as much as Mr. Somsak’s panel had calculated.

However, it remains to be seen if the Supreme Court will subpoena the former prime minister, who has remained in self-exile overseas following last year’s coup d’etat, as well as his wife to stand trial.

If found guilty under the National Counter Corruption Commission Act of 1999 and of elements of the Criminal Code, Mr. Thaksin and his spouse may be sentenced to a maximum three-year jail term and a maximum of Bt60,000, plus a maximum of 10 years in jail and a maximum of Bt20,000 fine respectively.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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