Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra (2001-2006) - Jailed for misuse of power

Crime: While he was Prime Minister he gave his wife greatly discounted government land.

Date of conviction: 21/10/2008

Punishment: 2 years in prison.

Case Overview

In 2003, Potjaman Shinawatra (Mr. Thaksins Wife) bought land from the government for B772 million. By some estimates, Potjaman should have paid B880 million for the Ratchadapisek plots.

For this Mr. Thaksin was found guilty of abusing his power while Prime Minister by the Supreme Courtís Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions. However his wife was cleared of all charges as she was not a state official.

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