Monday, November 27, 2006

Thaksin's children to fight against tax evasion charges

Thailand's ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's two children will fight allegations of tax evasion all the way to the Supreme Court, the Shinawatra family's legal adviser said on Sunday. Thaksin's son Panthongtae Shinawatra and elder daughter Pinthongta Shinawatra have been accused of tax irregularities in the January's sale of Shin Corp shares to Temasek Holdings of Singapore. But the family's lawyer Noppadon Pattama said both Panthongtae and Pinthongta were ready to go all the way to the Supreme Court to prove their innocence. Their legal representatives have met with Revenue Department officials last week to discuss the filing of documents related to the share sale, Noppadon said. Meanwhile, Noppadon accused Revenue Department director-general Sirot Sawadpanish of contradicting himself and making statements prejudicial to the Shinawatra case.

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