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Thaksin in do-or-die plot

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Political tensions are streaming towards a climax on February 10 with former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra pushed into a corner by evidence of alleged abuse of power in the recently concluded Bt76-billion asset seizure trial, sources said yesterday.

The verdict to be delivered by the Supreme Court on February 26 will centre on how he kept secret control of his business empire and how it benefited from his government’s policies. The ruling will either break his back or relieve him of his financial predicament.

“The highlight of the political battle will take place during that critical juncture on February 10. It’s costly to mobilise local forces, so Thaksin has to time it carefully. Besides, the Supreme Court’s marking the date of its reading out the verdict to February 26 has hurt his momentum because he had thought the verdict would be handed down in January,” a political source said.

“He can win over the case only by toppling the Abhisit government or getting support from a military intervention.”

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