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Legal News
13 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Thailand [official website] on Friday dismissed opposition party petitions challenging the ability of the ruling Puea Thai party [party website, in Thai] to amend the country's constitution. The court ruled that the parliament could amend the constitution on a piecemeal basis [BBC report] by amending … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Thailand [official website] on Thursday began its hearing over claims that the country's prime minister's party is planning to amend the constitution, thereby threatening the monarchy. Opposition Democrats have accused that the party of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC News profile; JURIST news archive], the … [read more]


Legal News
24 Aug 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A Thai court on Wednesday acquitted Pojamarn Shinawatra [JURIST news archive], the ex-wife of former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], overturning a tax evasion conviction. Shinawatra was convicted of tax evasion [JURIST report] in July 2008 for transferring $16.3 million worth of stock to … [read more]


Legal News
9 Nov 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The British government has revoked the visa of former Thai prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], and his wife Pojamarn Shinawatra according to media reports Saturday. The couple had been residing in Britain prior to Thaksin's conviction [JURIST report] last month on corruption charges [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Thailand on Monday convicted [Bangkok Post report] ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of corruption charges [JURIST report] related to a 2003 purchase of land by his wife Pojamarn Shinawatra [JURIST news archive] from the government-controlled Financial Institutions Development Fund [official … [read more]


Legal News
23 Sep 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Stable, wealthier countries like Denmark, Sweden, and New Zealand have the least perceived corruption and poorer, less stable countries like Haiti, Iraq, Myanmar and Somalia have the most, according to government accountability advocacy group Transparency International (TI) [advocacy website] in a report published Tuesday. TI's 2008 Corruption Perceptions Index … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Thailand delayed a ruling Wednesday regarding corruption charges against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his wife Pojamarn Shinawatra [JURIST news archive]. The couple are being tried in absentia [JURIST report] over a controversial purchase of government land at a … [read more]


Legal News
25 Aug 2008
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] Prosecutors in Thailand have asked the nation's Supreme Court to seize over $2 billion from the frozen accounts and holdings of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his wife Pojamarn Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who already forfeited nearly $400,000 when they fled … [read more]


Legal News
15 Aug 2008
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Thailand ruled on Friday that former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his wife Pojamarn Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will be tried in absentia on corruption charges [AP report]. The couple are in the UK, where last week they … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Thailand Supreme Court vice president Krairiksh Kasemsant and army General Anupong Paochinda on Wednesday said there was no evidence to support accusations by former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] that the country's judiciary is biased against the former leader. Thaksin,who faces numerous corruption charges, most recently … [read more]


Legal News
11 Aug 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Thailand issued arrest warrants [Bangkok Post report] on Monday for former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his wife Pojamarn Shinawatra [JURIST news archive] after the two failed to return to Thailand from the UK on Sunday. Thaksin and Pojamarn … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Thailand [official website, in Thai] ruled Tuesday that the law establishing the National Counter Corruption Commission (NCCC) [official website] is appropriate under the country's current constitution [PDF text]. Ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and his wife Pojamarn Shinawatra [JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jul 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] A Thai court on Thursday convicted Pojamarn Shinawatra [JURIST news archive], the wife of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], of tax evasion for transferring $16.3 million worth of stock to her step-brother and secretary, who were also convicted. Pojamarn and step-brother Bannapot Damapong … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Thailand's opposition Democrat party Wednesday announced it would launch an impeachment bid against Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej [BBC profile] after a series of court decisions against key officials in the government and Samak's People Power Party (PPP). On Wednesday, the Thai Constitutional Court [official website, in Thai] dismissed … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] Former Thailand prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] went on trial for corruption Tuesday in the Thai Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions [Thai judiciary backgrounder]. In March, Thaksin pleaded not guilty [JURIST report] to the charges stemming from a 2003 land purchase … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] More than 3000 members of the People's Alliance for Democracy rallied outside of the Royal Thai Police Headquarters in Bangkok on Monday, calling for a speedy resolution to the corruption trials of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive].   According to a Bangkok Post report, … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Thana Tansiri, a lawyer for former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], began serving a six-month prison sentence Monday for his role in an attempt to bribe officials [Nation report] overseeing a corruption case against Thaksin. Thana is one of three lawyers sentenced [Nation report] … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Pojamarn Shinawatra, the wife of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], on Tuesday entered a written plea of not guilty to corruption and fraud charges before the Thai Supreme Court. Pojamarn challenged the legitimacy of the anti-graft Assets Examination Commission in her pleading and … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Wednesday pleaded not guilty to charges [JURIST report] of abuse of power for personal gain, conflict of interest violations, and dereliction of duty for personal gain in corruption proceedings before the Supreme Court of Thailand. The charges stem … [read more]


Legal News
10 Mar 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Thai prosecutors formally filed new corruption charges Monday against former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and other high-level officials, accusing Thaksin and the officials of illegally approving and operating funds from the state lottery. The military-appointed Assets Examination Committee has frozen nearly $2 billion … [read more]

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