Lawyer involved in Thaksin Shinawatra case jailed
A lawyer has been jailed for three years after being convicted of breach of trust and forgery in a case involving exiled Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
Dubai Court of Misdemeanors handed the 45-year-old Emirati the sentence today after hearing he had embezzled millions of dollars from the former prime minister of Thailand, who is known to have been living in exile in Dubai, through an account that Shinawatra permitted the law firm to operate in 2008.
The embezzlement happened between September and October 2009.
According to official records the defendant was the legal representative for Shinawatra in a deal with Manchester City Football team.
Dubai Public Prosecution charged him with embezzling 15 million Euros and transferring it on Shinawatra’s behalf to a bank account in Montenegro under his name.
The court heard the defendant used Dhs39,495,926 from Shinawatra’s account to buy a villa in his name in Emirates Hills and paid Dhs380,000 for the real estate dealer, Dhs620,000 in registration fees, and Dhs495,926 as charges to his own law firm.