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Thaksin goes on trial in Thailand

The corruption trial of former Thai Prime Minister
Thaksin Shinawatra has begun in Bangkok,
almost two years after he was overthrown in a coup.

Mr Thaksin and his wife face charges
related to a Bangkok real estate deal.

The couple deny any wrongdoing,
saying the charges of abuse of power
against them are politically motivated.

Meanwhile, a top member of the main party
in the ruling coalition was found guilty of electoral fraud.
The ruling could lead to the party's dissolution.

The Supreme Court banned former House Speaker
Yongyut Tiyapairat, of the People Power Party (PPP),
from politics for five years after finding he was guilty
of vote-buying in 2007.

Mr Thaksin, a telecoms billionaire who owns the
English football club Manchester City,
returned to Thailand in February after 18 months abroad.

Corruption claims

The military ousted him in September 2006,
accusing him of corruption and abuse of power.

Mr Thaksin has since been living mostly in the UK,
but his political allies won democratic elections late last year,
facilitating his return to Thailand.

He, his family and his aides face a number of different allegations.
Millions of dollars of his assets have remained frozen since charges were laid.

The case now before the Supreme Court relates
to the purchase of a plot of land in the Thai capital.

The former prime minister is accused of using his political influence
to help his wife buy the land from a state agency at a favourable price.


The couple, who could face lengthy prison terms if convicted,
did not attend court, but their lawyer sounded a positive note.

"We are confident that our evidence will be enough to prove in the court
that Thaksin and his wife are not guilty," Anek Khamchum told the AFP news agency.

But the courts have shown surprising tenacity in pursuing this first case,
says the BBC's Jonathan Head in Bangkok.

The government has tried to weaken the case by arguing that the
military-backed bodies which investigated Mr Thaksin had no legitimacy.

The courts have ignored that, and have even intervened to
reverse other government decisions.

Many observers in Thailand are calling this a judicial revolution -
where the courts are quietly being asked by the traditional elite
to act as checks on the power of elected governments.

Mr Thaksin's own prospects dimmed significantly when three of his lawyers
were jailed last month by the Supreme Court for offering a cash bribe
in a cake box, our correspondent adds.

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As a frequent visitor to Thailand I have to say that Thaksin did more good for her than harm.

The corruptions charges are true and a father of a fiend of mine did business with Thaksin's wife on a regular basis, BUT Thailand has done very well under Frank's leadership.

It doesn't make what he did legal, but the country owe him big style. The only thing i can't stand are the 1am curfews in Bangkok. In case you didn't know, at 1am all the bars and clubs close in Bangkok and you end up going from one 'soi' to the next in search for an open bar in what has become a sort of hobby in Bangkok.
 

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man thai is one of the most underground country ever.

RedForceRising said:
The only thing i can't stand are the 1am curfews in Bangkok. In case you didn't know, at 1am all the bars and clubs close in Bangkok and you end up going from one 'soi' to the next in search for an open bar in what has become a sort of hobby in Bangkok.
When did this started ?
 

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As a Thai, I'd have to say that politics in Thailand is now in chaos but, as the rule of the nature, it will one day resolve for the better good of the people.

Perhaps England has experienced this before - the fight of class struggle. In Thailand, the conflict has gone further from controversy around Thaksin to the class conflict between urban middle-class and rural villagers: The former distrust Thaksin, and perhaps democracy as a whole, as they feel their tax was spent unwisely on 'populist' policies, such as micro-credit to villagers and universal healthcare, which instead were warmly embraced by the rural poor.

Under Thaksin, Thailand have leaped forward greatly as he have used his massive electoral support to lead Thailand a la Singapore - efficient, bypassing all the red tape, but also authoritarian at times. His massive popularity has however been as a threat by the conservative establishment that always governs the country's direction - Thaksin's popularity in Thailand is so immense that many predicted he could have easily been elected as PM for at least 4 terms or 16 years.

As for his charges, it is evident that he could not escape the conflict of interest related to his business empire. Most are unethical and unlawful, but there's a question of whether or not these are really illegal to the law texts. I think as a businessman he knows how to take advantage of legal loopholes. However, the tougher-than-usual sentence given to his wife on 'tax planning' seems to mean that he's not treated by the same lenient standard as other people who have done exactly the same and got away with it, thus his exile in England now.
 

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now they are trying to get new pm.. only the PAD is causing alot of probs.. because the new pm that is coming up next is thaksin's cousin in the PPP
 

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RedForceRising said:
As a frequent visitor to Thailand I have to say that Thaksin did more good for her than harm.

The corruptions charges are true and a father of a fiend of mine did business with Thaksin's wife on a regular basis, BUT Thailand has done very well under Frank's leadership.

It doesn't make what he did legal, but the country owe him big style. The only thing i can't stand are the 1am curfews in Bangkok. In case you didn't know, at 1am all the bars and clubs close in Bangkok and you end up going from one 'soi' to the next in search for an open bar in what has become a sort of hobby in Bangkok.
If I give you my bank account number can you arrange for him to hide his money in there? That way Citeh won't get it.
 

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thailand 's a gr8 palce pity their system is still so corrupt but at least there taking steps to sort it by putting him on trial...now is there any way they can implicate citeh in this mess and get them on trial to be gr8 to see some of them lot in the bangkok hilton for a while :)

p.s. if you go to thailand be careful were you go tho last time i was accosted by a ladyboy :)
 
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