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Fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra gets another arrest warrant in telecom excise tax case

The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Persons Holding Political Positions today (Mar 6) issued another warrant for the arrest of ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra after he failed to appear to defend himself in a corruption case involving a telecom concession. In this case, Thaksin was indicted of corruption over the conversion of revenue-sharing telecom concession to excise tax that inflicted over 66 billion baht loss to the state in 2008. The Supreme Court scheduled today as the first hearing of the case brought against Thaksin by the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG)  after it was discarded of by the court for a decade after the defendant failed to appear in the court. However, the OAG renewed its prosecution against him last November following the enforcement of a new law that allows trial in absentia of the defendants. The nine-member panel of judges began hearing of the charges at 9.30am today without Thaksin or...

 

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