Thursday, January 24, 2008

Wife of Thailand's Ousted PM Says Husband Will Return in May



23 January 2008


Ousted Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is pictured with his wife, Pojaman, in this 21 Oct. 2004 file photo in Bangkok, Thailand
Ousted Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is pictured with his wife, Pojaman in Bangkok, Thailand (2004 File)
The wife of ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra says her husband will return to Thailand in May to face corruption charges, after more than a year of living in exile.

Mr. Thaksin's wife, Pojaman Shinawatra, made the announcement Wednesday as she faced corruption charges of her own at the Thai Supreme Court.

Mr. Thaksin and his wife have been accused of illegally influencing a real estate deal in 2003 to buy land from a government agency at a below-market price.

In a statement read during her first hearing today, Pojaman denied those charges. Her next trial date is in late April.

Pojaman returned to Thailand earlier this month to face corruption charges and clear her family's name.

The prospect of Mr. Thaksin's return to Thailand has been increasing, following the victory of his allies in last month's parliamentary elections.

Mr. Thaksin has been living in exile, mostly in London, since a bloodless coup ousted him from office in September 2006.

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