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Thaksin gets 8 years’ jail in 3 cases


PHEU THAI Party de facto boss/former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was swiftly taken to the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Persons Holding Political Positions at Sanam Luang after his arrival at Don Mueang Airport at 9 a.m. this morning (Aug. 22) where he was sentenced to a total of eight years’ imprisonment in three cases, Sanook.com said.

A large crowd of red shirt supporters had gathered at the court to greet him.

The sentences handed down in the three cases are as follows:

1) Export-Import Bank of Thailand case where Thaksin was accused of malfeasance in the granting of 4-billion-baht loan to Myanmar government – three years’ imprisonment;

2) Two- to three-digit state lottery case where he was accused rushing the scheme thus causing damage to the state – two years’ imprisonment;

3) Shin Corp. nominee case – where he was accused of allowing nominees to hold shares in the family company to gain benefit – five years’ imprisonment.

He was allowed to consecutively serve the jail term in the first two cases with the five-year jail term in the Shin Corp. case to run after that.

Therefore although he was given a total of 10 years in jail (3 + 2 + 5 years), Thaksin will actually be imprisoned for eight years as the first two jail terms run consecutively.

He was then taken to Klong Prem Central Prison where another group of red-shirt followers were waiting to greet him.


Pheu Thai Party de facto leader Thaksin Shinawatra greeting supporters at Don Mueang Airport and being taken to prison. Top, first and second below: Matichon, further below: AFP/Lillian Suwanrumpha and published by Sanook.com

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