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PM, DPM Wissanu and Foreign Minister grilled over Philip Morris tax evasion case

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PM, DPM Wissanu and Foreign Minister grilled over Philip Morris tax evasion case

 

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai have come under attack, on the last day of the censure debate today by Pheu Thai MP Sarunvuth Sarungate, over their alleged mishandling of the tax evasion case, involving the Thai subsidiary of tobacco giant Philip Morris International, which resulted in revenue losses estimated at over 80 billion baht.

 

In November last year, the Criminal Court fined Philip Morris (Thailand) Limited (PML) 1.2 billion baht after finding the company guilty of under declaring the value of Marlboro and L&M brand cigarettes imported from the Philippines between 2003 and 2006.

 

Citing evidence he had obtained, Saranvuth accused the three ministers of favouring the cigarette giant by delaying litigation against PML, through the invocation of the special executive power and by amending the Customs Act to reduce the fine, despite the Government of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra having instructed the Office of Attorney-General to file charges of customs tax evasion against the company back in 2013.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/pm-dpm-wissanu-and-foreign-minister-grilled-over-philip-morris-tax-evasion-case/

 

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I'm no fan of Thaksin. He looked promising at first but fell into the same corruption trap as almost all Thai politicians. However, I seem to recall that in 2017 our current esteemed PM ordered the revenue department to collect evaded tax from the Shin share sale. Why wasn't he so aggressive in the Phillip Morris saga?

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Is the man with the pointy stick in disguise? that certainly looks like a fine set of stick on hair/facial hair to me

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