Tax evasion : Thaksin’s wife is guilty, and convicted… 3 years jail

The Criminal Court hands down a guilty verdict on the tax evasion case involving Khunyin Pojaman Shinawatra and two fellow defendants.

The court sentences Pojaman and her brother Bhanapot Damapong to serve three years in jail. Two years for the charges relating to the conspiracy to evade tax. One year for giving falsified statements.

At last ! At last a clear-cut, real justice decision against Thaksin’s clan.

Can you imagine… 11 years after the facts… (read here for details about the case).

I believe it’s impossible to say that this case was politically motivated… What was politically motivated were the 11 years to wait for… This case is not like the dissolution of TRT party.

This tax evasion case is totally different.

In this case, we had an important woman with her brother who just showed an amazing greed enhanced by an astonishing sense of impunity and contempt for rules.

It’s without any doubt a victory for the thai justice system.

But of course, the legal process continues.

They have the right to appeal within 30 days from now.

They are released on a five-million-baht bail per person. (Bangkok Post)

9 Responses to “Tax evasion : Thaksin’s wife is guilty, and convicted… 3 years jail”

  1. 1 chinesethai 31 July 2008 at 4:23 am

    Thaicrisis, a very prompt update, indeed.

    But will she really be thrown into jail? I am not quite sure. She is leaving the country for Beijing today.

  2. 2 MSB 31 July 2008 at 4:34 am

    on Bt5m bail with 30 days to appeal. Highly unlikely that she will see jail time, most likely it will be suspended.

    Interesting verdict but i don’t think it is a big deal for the the economy. The stock market shrugged it off and has not reacted. Its just background noise so far…

  3. 3 ThaiCrisis 31 July 2008 at 4:38 am

    Now, it’s the Devil’s Wager…

    -1- If she stays and wait during the appeal… she’s taking the risk to be sent to jail.

    From a technical point of view, the case is so simple, the violation so obvious, and the verdict so clear… It would be rather strange to have a totally different decision in appeal.
    But, okay, this is Thailand and we never know. 😉

    -2- If she leaves, escapes, then the career of her husband… would be definitely over.

    The Devil’s Wager. 😉

    The only alternative solution, to get out of this terrible trap, would be to play the card of a very long appeal… with the idea that Thaksin would during the time, somehow, take back the power… and that he would be able to suppress the legal process.

  4. 4 ThaiCrisis 31 July 2008 at 4:48 am

    In any case, it could be a huge and striking leverage against Thaksin…

    Basically, “someone” (politically motivated, like we say) could be able to litteraly dictate to Thaksin his behaviour… until the appeal is done.

    Talk about a bargaining chip !

    Here we’re going back into the nefarious klong of thai politics. 😉

    Anyway, let’s see.

    But we have to remember that… there are other cases in the pipe ! For instance, the Ratchadapisek land case, etc.

    The game shall continue.

  5. 5 chinesethai 31 July 2008 at 5:03 am

    If I were Thaksin, I’d rather choose escaping. From abroad, I can still engineer chaos, divide, protests and what not until ‘the time’ is ripe for me to overturn the legal process.

  6. 6 Billy Bangkok 31 July 2008 at 10:48 am

    I have always suspected that Thaksin waited until his cronies were in power and he could manipulate the outcome of all the cases against his family. I think he felt he had the perfect situation with the PPP in power so he came home with his family to face the charges. Of course he never expected to actually face the charges. He was expecting his boys to pass some laws and tie up the courts so that he and his family could walk free.

    Now with the judiciary waking up from its slumber and the current government fighting for its survival the Thaksins have to be sweating bullets.

    The news report I read on this from the BBC noted how Pojaman looked absolutely shocked when the verdict was read. I actually believe she was shocked. This wasn’t how they planned all of this out.

    I believe both Thanksin and Pojaman have been granted permission to go to China at the beginning of Aug. I wouldn’t be surprised if one or both of them don’t come back.

  7. 7 chinesethai 31 July 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Thaksin’s cronies and the PPP failed to manipulate the outcome of all cases against his family because…

    1) He must have failed to buy out some key army chiefs. One clear evidence can be seen from the case of Miss Daranee arrest. It had been 3 days that the police did nothing until the army put pressure on the police. This sent an important signal to Samak that any move to destroy the ongoing legal process by amending the constitutions is not very welcome by the army.

    2) His team of lawyers were suddenly jailed once found attempting to bribe the judge. That 2 million baht snack box.

    I think the decision to bail them will be another turning point that could lead to another round of crisis waiting to erupt in 1-2 years from now.

    Thaksin is usually very patient. He can wait until the timing is right to overturn the judiciary, get back his power and 73 billion baht and make much more.

  8. 8 CTT 3 August 2008 at 7:31 pm

    She won’t do any time – still too wealthly and still to connected. He who has the gold makes the rules… 🙂

  1. 1 One would think they would be out of bullets by now… at The FARANG Speaks 2 Much Trackback on 31 July 2008 at 9:54 am

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