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Last updated at 10:35 BST, Thursday, 12 August 2010

Former Thai leader’s court appeal fails


11 August 2010

The Supreme Court in Thailand has rejected an appeal by the former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra. The case was in relation to the seizure of almost one and a half billion dollars of his assets.

Rachel Harvey

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra


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It took the Supreme Court about two hours to throw out Thaksin Shinawatra's appeal, having decided that the evidence presented by the defence didn't amount to anything new.

Six months ago, the same court ruled that the former prime minister had concealed his stake in the family telecoms business which was sold, for a substantial profit, to the investment arm of the Singapore government. That decision will now stand, ending any hope that the Thaksin family might get their money back.

"We have reached the end of the road" one of Mr Thaksin's lawyers conceded. "Our team will now concentrate on other cases" he said. There are several to choose from. Mr Thaksin is facing charges of terrorism in connection with recent anti-government protests and allegations that he failed to declare all his assets while in office. That's in addition to the two year jail sentence already imposed on him for corruption.

Rachel Harvey, BBC News, Bangkok


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throw out

dismiss or turn down


reasons to show that something is true or not true


hidden or kept from being seen

investment arm

department trying to make profit by buying and selling assets

substantial profit

large amount of money left after a business pays its bills

decision will now stand

decision will be enforced

we have reached the end of the road

we have tried everything and have no other options


focus on or turn attention to something

in connection with

linked with


using a position of trust for illegal actions

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