In Ratchadapisek land purchase, where his family bought a nice piece of land in the center of Bangkok from a state monetary body, at an unusually cheaper price (772 million baht), he as the Prime Minister then, declared an extra national working day on 2004's News Years eve, December 31, 2003 to ensure the rather silent bidding among the other three well acquainted bidders to be finished off and as-well in the time-limit of the yearend date (stealthily) for a specially lower duty rate (0.01 per cent) as stipulated by the law. Later, in 2008, the High Court for Politician Criminal Cases found him guilty of abuse of power in this attempt to currupt the bidding and sentenced Thaksin for 2 years jail.
Having had denied the intention to sale his family's Shin Corp shares for nearly a year, Thaksin and his family flew to Singapore during the 2006's New Year holiday (announcing a privately informal family holiday) to stealthily sell off his share to Temasek, a huge investor company of Singapore. A month later, Thaksin claimed that the bid was his children's decision and had been carried out through the stock exchange of Thailand which, therefore, must be a tax-exempted. Out of the highly profitable selling of 70,000 baht worth of shares, he did not pay tax at all.
He and his wife jumped bails after requesting the courts, flying from Thailand, claiming they had to go attend the Olympic Beijing games in the night of Saturday to early hours of Sunday August 10, 2008 which was just two day before Thai national holiday, the Queen's birthday.
Potjaman, Thaksin's Ex and her daughter got an exceptional highest security treats when they were back to Bangkok Suwanapoom Airport on the Friday night of Dec 5, 2008 when it was a national holiday on the King's birthday. Potjaman and her daughter got bypass the security checking, having the usual passport control and custom office service right at the flight seats. It is to nobody's surprise for such a major tax fraudster, a bail-jumper criminal to bypass such checking of the airport authority which was still under Thaksin regime.
- Thaksin instigated his army of red-shirts with a three-months long campaign to violently riot in Bangkok to force constitutional amendment (and even an inappropriate request for Royal intervention ) for the amnesty of his crimes, during the traditional Thai's News Year, "Songkran Festival" April 13-15, 2009.
No matter it was civillian or military administrations, Thaksin bribed his way up the ladder for any secured connections, winning place in unfair competitions, insider information, and monopoly concessions since his initial trading with the state, from Shinawatra Computer, IBC cable televiision, to Shin Satellite and eventually the giantic Shin Corp.
Professor Theerapat Serirangsan, and some opposition politicians cast serious doubts on bribery of 8 to 7 Constitution Court judges' rulings to acquit Thaksin in 2001 where Thaksin was charged with hiding millions baht worth of shares and assets with his proxies, driver, gardener, and secretary.
His Thai Rak Thai party bribed other smaller parties to join the general election race in several provinces for his TRT MP candidates to bypass the 20 per cent lowest threshold votes rule to qualify. The Constitutional Court found TRT party and her 111 board members including Thaksin guilty of such bribery, violating the 1997 Constitution because of the undue attempts to acquire the state's governing authority.
In the December 2007's general election, Yongyuth Tiyapairat, a Thaksin's prime accomplice in Chiang Rai, as a board member heading the Thaksin's proxy PPP's campaign in the north, bribed several local leaders in the north of Thailand to buy votes for PPP as these corrupt acts were recorded on videos and proven by the Electoral Committee and the Constitution tribunals. The sentences led to the dissolution of PPP in November 2008.
In June 2008, three Thaksin's lawyers were caught red-handed bribing High Court's officers with 2 million baht. They were sentenced to 6-months jail.
It is very welknown about Thaksin's regular and occasional payments to his MPs in TRT and his proxy PPP party, some senators to keep them well under control.
- During the early part of 2009, Thaksin bribed the President Ortega of Nicaragua for a status of special ambassador of Nicaragua and an illegal diplomatic Nicaraguan Passport (Click). Moreover, for a back-up, he also bribed Montenegro Authority for a special citizenship and a Montenegrin passport (Click).
Thaksin's Stealthy Move
( Last edit 2009-06-11 )
Thaksin's tricks reappeared again along his fugitive path abroad.
1. He always takes the hectic festive holiday periods to maliciously work his business out.
2. He usually bribes as always, for what he wants. The following are just minute tips of gigantic icebergs.
Thaksin just relived his tricks to hide in Germany as recorded in the following article :
Germany blacklists Thailand's fugitive Thaksin
By Darren Schuettler, Reuters on Wed Jun 10, 2009
Germany has revoked a residence permit held by fugitive Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a German diplomat said on Wednesday, the latest country to shun the former leader who fled a two-year jail term at home.
Thaksin, who was ousted in a 2006 coup and lives in self-imposed exile, entered Germany late last year and acquired the permit from authorities in the city of Bonn.
"We asked Bonn to revoke the permit and they responded immediately and revoked the permit," Hanns Schumacher, Germany's ambassador to Thailand, told Reuters.
The former telecoms tycoon, who led Thailand for nearly six years, has seen his living options reduced since Britain revoked his visa last year after he was convicted on conflict of interest charges.
Bangkok has sought extradition agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong, where Thaksin has spent time since fleeing the country while on bail.
Despite being on a German blacklist, Thaksin entered the country on Dec. 29 (2008) using a French-issued Schengen visa, which allows a person to travel in the European Union on a single visa.
"We blacklisted Thaksin in December last year, but somehow he managed to get around it," Schumacher said.
Thaksin then acquired a residence permit from authorities in Bonn using the address of his lawyer in Germany. Federal officials only learned about it in April and ordered it revoked.
"We informed the lawyer that the permit was revoked and should Mr. Thaksin still be in Germany, his stay would be illegal and he would face detention," Schumacher said.
The lawyer said Thaksin had left after staying only a few days in Germany.
Thaksin's current whereabouts are unknown, but some Thai media reports have placed the 60-year-old in the Middle East.
In April, he was in the West African country of Liberia claiming to be on the lookout for investment opportunities. That same month, the Nicaraguan government confirmed he was a "special ambassador" of the Central American country. (Click for More Detail of Illegal Nicaraguan Passports)
Thai courts have issued several arrest warrants for Thaksin, and the government revoked his passport in April, accusing him of instigating anti-government protests that turned violent and triggered a state of emergency in Bangkok.
Nearly three years after the bloodless military coup that ousted Thaksin, Thailand remains deeply divided by a political crisis that has badly damaged confidence in the export and tourism-driven economy. In broad terms, the prolonged political crisis is a battle between the royalist elite, military and urban Thais who accused Thaksin of corruption and abuses of power during his time in office, and his supporters mainly drawn from millions of rural poor.