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Thailand Court acquits Thaksin’s ex-wife Pojaman on tax evasion

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BANGKOK, 24 August 2011 (NNT) – The Appeals Court overturned the lower court’s verdict against Pojaman Shinawatra Na Pompetch of tax evasion for the transfer of shares.

The ex-wife of former Prime Minister Thasksin Shinawatra was accused of evading 546-million THD tax payment in the transfer of 4.5 million Shinawatra Computer and Communications Public shares.

In 2008, the Criminal Court filed tax evasion charges against Ms Pojaman, her brother Bannapot Damapong, and her secretary Kanjanapa Honghern.

The three were found guilty of falsifying documents concerning the shares transaction, and of fraud.

The Appeals Court on Wednesday acquitted her and dismissed the Criminal court’s 3-year imprisonment against her. The sentence for Mr Bannapot was reduced to 2 years but the punishment is suspended for 1 year with 100,000 THB fine. The 2-year imprisonment charge on Ms Kanjanapa was also lifted.

Reporter: Nuttaporn Chanchokpong – NNT

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