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Thailand's ex-premier gets two years for corruption

 Thailand's ex-premier gets two years for corruption
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Thailand’s former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra has been sentenced to two years in prison for corruption.

The country’s high court said he had violated a conflict-of-interest law while in office.
The case concerns his wife’s purchase of land from a central bank fund.

The sentence was handed down in absentia as Thaksin now lives in exile in Britain.
His reaction was to protest his innocence and to claim the trial had been politically motivated.

Although in Thailand, Thaksin still commands wide support outside the capital, the ruling is the first on a spate of corruption charges against him and his political associates. They have been prepared by graft investigators appointed after a military coup in 2006.

An elected government came to power this year which is now headed by Thaksin’s brother-in-law, but the main party in the coalition, the People Power Party, is seen by opponents as a mere proxy for the exiled ex premier.