Yingluck voices suspicion over renewed tax collection from Thaksin

Former prime minister Ms Yingluck Shinawatra voiced suspicion over the government's renewed attempt to collect capital gain tax from her brother Thaksin Shinawatra and expressed hope that it was not abusing the existing laws for political gains, or for hunting those with different views.

Her comment came as she appeared at the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Political Office Holders this morning to stand trial for dereliction of duty charge in a case involving her rice pledging scheme.

The court heard testimonies from three of her witnessses today to defend the rice policy.

Before entering the courtroom, Ms Yingluck said when asked for comment on the tax collection, the Shin Corporation share sale (to Temasak Holding) had finished after the Supreme Court had handed down a ruling to confiscate 46 billion baht assets from her brother.

She said she had no idea what laws that allowed this government to reclaim the tax.

However she said she was hopeful that the government would not use the laws for political gains, or for hunting those who have different views.

She wished to see that law be enforced equally with every person, and not to become a tool for any side to create injustices.

She felt the renewed tax collection from her brother and the demand for compensation from her for loss in the rice pledging scheme without awaiting court procedure was merely tantamount to hunting political opponents.

She said she didn't know how national reconciliation could be achieved.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)