Thaksin's wife fails to testify again

Thailand's ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's wife Pojaman informed the Assets Examination Committee (AEC) through her lawyer Thursday about her insistence not to testify before its inquiry committee on the sale of his family's Shin Corp shares.

Thaksin's wife fails to testify again
Thailand's ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's wife Pojaman informed the Assets Examination Committee (AEC) through her lawyer Thursday about her insistence not to testify before its inquiry committee on the sale of his family's Shin Corp shares.

Somporn Pongsuwan, a Shinawatra family's lawyer, told reporters before meeting the AEC inquiry committee that he would submit Pojaman's notice on her refusal to give information about ShinCorp shares.

The lawyer confirmed that Pojaman who is abroad now was not ill, and that she had the right to testify only in court.

Pojaman, her step-brother and personal secretary to the Shinawatra family have been appealed to court to face charges of evading 546 million baht (16.6 million U.S. dollars) in back taxes involved in a 1997 transfer of shares in the family telecommunications empire later known as Shin Corp.

The case of Pojaman is the first of a dozen Thaksin-related corruption cases. The outcome of the ruling will affect not only the Shinawatra family, but numerous business and political associates of the ousted premier in this and more than a dozen outstanding corruption cases.

On Wednesday, AEC Chairman Nam Yimyaem insisted that Potjaman has to show up on Thursday, if not the AEC may forward the case to court right away.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Temmuz 2007, 14:07
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