Thailand’s Supreme Court has decided to hear a case against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The former prime minister, who was ousted in a military coup in 2006, is accused of ordering a state bank to increase the size of a loan to the Burmese regime so that it could buy telecommunications equipment from a company owned by his family. The bank lost 13 million euros as a result of the deal.
On Monday, the Supreme Court said it would hear testimony concerning the 2003 lottery project. Ministers in the Thaksin cabinet have been accused of siphoning off money from the project, a charge the former prime minister denies.
The first corruption trial against Mr Thaksin, the leader of the People Power Party, began three weeks ago. The prosecution alleges that he used his political influence to help his wife buy a plot of prime Bangkok real estate for about one third its market price. If convicted, Mr Thaksin and his wife could be sentenced to 13 years in jail.