Thursday, July 3, 2008

Court prohibits former PM from leaving Thailand

BANGKOK, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Supreme Court has refused the application of ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra to leave Thailand at the end of last month, saying there were not enough reasons for him to go on the trips.

According to the Bangkok Post's webnews, Thaksin, who is ousted from the Government House during a military coup in 2006, is now facing a trial over his wife's purchase of a plot of land in Bangkok from a governmental authority. In the case, Thaksin was accused of abusing his position as prime minister by helping his wife to get a heavy discount for the land purchase.

The case is now under investigation by the Supreme Court.

Earlier, Thaksin asked the court for a permission to travel to China and England on June 27, but judges said that the court is working on the case during this period and need to question more witnesses and look into more evidence.

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