November 12, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
The Thailand Senate rejected a bill on Monday that may have provided amnesty for crimes committed by self-exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The senate rejected the bill 141-0 after the Thai House of Representatives approved the bill 310-0 in its vote, which occurred almost two ...[read more]
November 1, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The Thailand House of Representatives approved a bill Friday that opponents fear will provide amnesty for crimes committed by self-exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The bill, which was approved 310-0 after opposition walked out in protest, would allow amnesty for offenses committed ...[read more]
August 6, 2013
by G. Redd
A proposed amnesty bill in Thailand could allow police to go unpunished for use of excessive force against civilians, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned Monday. The bill, proposed by majority party member Worachai Hema, would excuse the behavior of all members of the military and police forces who ...[read more]
October 11, 2012
by Keith Herting
The Thai Supreme Court issued an arrest warrant Thursday for former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The warrant was issued following his failure to appear before the court in an ongoing trial on five criminal charges including abuse of power and violation of banking regulations at the state- ...[read more]
July 6, 2012
by Cody Harding
On July 6, 2010, the Thai government extended a state of emergency in Bangkok and 18 other provinces because of continuing unrest and violence. Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva had declared the state of emergency in April 2010 after protesters broke into parliament. The state of emergency ...[read more]
August 24, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
A Thai court on Wednesday acquitted Pojamarn Shinawatra, the ex-wife of former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, overturning a tax evasion conviction. Shinawatra was convicted of tax evasion in July 2008 for transferring $16.3 million worth of stock to her step-brother and secretary, who ...[read more]
July 10, 2011
by Aman Kakar
Lawyers associated with Thailand's outgoing ruling Democrat Party filed papers with the Election Commission on Friday challenging the Puea Thai party's election victory. The filings seek to dissolve the Puea Thai party on grounds that the party's campaign involved former prime minister Thaksin ...[read more]
June 11, 2011
by Ashley Hileman
Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Friday rejected a proposal by an opposition party seeking a referendum to grant amnesty to those involved in a military coup in 2006. The referendum was proposed by the Pheu Thai Party, supporters of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ...[read more]
May 25, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On May 25, 2010, a criminal court in Thailand issued an arrest warrant for ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on charges of terrorism. Shinawatra was accused of involvement in political violence following the anti-government "red shirt" pro-democracy protests in Bangkok that left more than ...[read more]
February 16, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On February 16, 2006, the Constitutional Court of Thailand decided not to hear a petition to impeach Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The court ruled 8-6 that the petition did not clearly state how he was personally involved in a deal where his family sold its controlling stake in ...[read more]

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