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Ex-PM Thaksin’s son charged

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A file photo shows the father of Panthongtae Shinawatra, Thaksin Shinawatra (left). Wikimedia/Agência Brasil CC BY

BANGKOK (Reuters) –  The only son of fugitive former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been charged with money laundering, the Department of Special Investigations (DSI) said yesterday. Panthongtae Shinawatra is accused of receiving a 10 million baht ($300,000) cheque in 2004 related to an earlier corruption case involving 9.9 billion baht of fraudulent loans extended by the state-owned Krungthai Bank when his father was prime minister. The deputy spokesman of the DSI, Woranan Srilum, said Mr Panthongtae had turned himself in on Tuesday but had been released as no arrest warrant for him has been issued. Mr Panthongtae could now gather evidence for his case, Mr Woranan said, while the DSI must decide whether to take the case to the criminal court.

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