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Thai court convicts then releases Thaksin's wife

The wife of Thailand's deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra (photo) was convicted Thursday of tax evasion in the first ruling against his family. She was freed on bail of 5 million baht (100,000 euros).

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The wife of Thailand's deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was convicted Thursday of tax evasion in the first ruling against his family since the 2006 coup that toppled him from power.

Pojaman Shinawatra and her brother were given three years in prison, while her secretary received a two-year sentence.

"The actions by the three defendants are serious violations of the law. The court has decided that the three defendants were guilty of tax fraud," judge Pramote Pipatpramote said.

All three were released on bail pending appeal, court officials said.
  

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