Supreme Court to hold 1st hearing of telecom case of former PM

October 15th, 2008 - 4:18 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Thaksin ShinawatraThe Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Title Positions is scheduled to hold the first hearing of a case against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra today. The case concerns the transformation of telecom concession fees to excise tax.

The Supreme Court will today announce its acceptance to open trials for the telecom tax case submitted by the Attorney General against deposed PM Mr Thaksin. The case alleges that the once premier allowed telecom businesses to pay excise instead of concession fees to benefit himself, his cohorts and his business, the Advanced Info Service (AIS). Mr.Thaksin’s action to change telecom concession fees has caused damage of over 10 billion baht.

The Supreme Court will hold its first hearing on the case at 10 AM today since the Attorney General submitted all stipulated documentation.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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