Thailand’s Supreme Court has ruled that former PM Thaksin Shinawatra’s family should be stripped of more than half a contested $2.3bn fortune.
The court said $1.4bn (£910m) of the assets were gained illegally through conflict of interest when Mr Thaksin was prime minister.
The funds were frozen after Mr Thaksin’s elected government was overthrown in a military coup in 2006.
Mr Thaksin, who is living abroad, has denied any wrongdoing.
The Supreme Court said “to seize all the money would be unfair since some of it was made before Thaksin became prime minister”.
The court took several hours to deliver its verdict, with security forces on high alert amid government predictions of violence by Mr Thaksin’s red-shirted supporters if the court decision went against him.
The judges said that Mr Thaksin shaped government mobile phone and satellite communications policy to benefit his firms.
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