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Thai former prime minister sues AEC spokesman
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17:15, August 28, 2007

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Thailand's ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday filed a 1.5-billion-baht (44-million-U.S. dollar) lawsuit against spokesman of the Assets Examination Committee (AEC), accusing him of denigrating his fame.

Sak Korsaengruang, the spokesman of AEC, earlier told local media that Thaksin had abused his power in ordering an increase in the amount of the Export-Import Bank's soft loan to Myanmar from 3 to 4 billion baht in 2004.

Sak said Thaksin's interference in the issue was aimed at benefiting his family's satellite and broadband business.

However, Sappawich Kongkanoi, the lawyer acting on Thaksin's behalf, filed the suit at the Criminal Court on Tuesday. He said Sak distorted the truth and denigrated Thaksin's fame.

Thaksin demanded Sak to pay 1.5 billion baht plus 7.5 percent interest annually.

The court will consider the lawsuit on Dec. 17.

Thaksin, who is now in London, was toppled by a military coup last September. After the coup, the military coup group set up the AEC to exam Thaksin and his family's assets. Over 2 billion U.S. dollars of the prime minister's telecom empire have been frozen during the past months. (34 baht to one U.S. dollar)

Source: Xinhua

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