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    Thaksin, Potjaman end 32-year marriage

    Thaksin, Potjaman end 32-year marriage
    By Aekarach Sattaburuth and Thanida Tansubhapol

    Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is reported to have divorced his wife of 32 years Khunying Potjaman, in a move that has shocked many of the couple's friends and colleagues.

    Thaksin told People Power party (PPP) MPs at a dinner in Hong Kong on Friday night that his marriage of more than three decades had ended.

    "We divorced in order to make everybody feel comfortable," a PPP MP who was at the dinner, quoted Thaksin as saying.

    The divorce was sealed at 11.00am yesterday at the Thai consulate in Hong Kong, the source said.

    Thaksin's announcement shocked everyone at the table which became suddenly silent, said the MP, who declined to be named. Khunying Potjaman was not at the dinner, he added.

    A high-ranking government source confirmed the couple had signed the divorce papers at the Thai consulate in Hong Kong.

    The divorce took place less than a month after the Supreme Court sentenced Thaksin to two years in jail and acquitted Khunying Potjaman over conflict of interest charges in the Ratchadiphisek land deal case.

    The prison sentence prompted the UK to cancel entry visas for Thaksin and his wife.

    A political observer said the divorce could be legally motivated to protect the couple's assets, which are mostly held in the name of Khunying Potjaman.

    The National Anti-Corruption Commission revealed last year that Thaksin officially declared assets worth 614.39 million baht when he took office, while Khunying Potjaman had 8.48 billion baht.

    Thaksin and Khunying Potjaman married in 1976 and have three children.

    The family often appeared in public together, even after Thaksin was ousted in a coup and went into self-exile in London before his and Khunying Potjaman's visas were revoked.

    During his controversial phone-in speech to supporters at Rajamangala stadium on Nov 1, Thaksin lamented that his family had been torn apart after the Sept 19 coup.

    Thaksin reportedly flew to Dubai last night after the dinner with the PPP MPs, who went to Hong Kong to meet Thaksin, who arrived from Beijing on Tuesday.

    The group included Yaowapa Wongsawat, his younger sister and wife of Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, her close aide Yongyuth Tiyapairat and former Thai Rak Thai executive Newin Chidchob. Veera Musikhapong and Chatuporn Promphan, hosts of the Kwam Jing Wan Nee (Truth Today), were also seen in Hong Kong yesterday.

    A PPP source said the former prime minister chose Dubai because the UAE has no extradition treaty with Thailand.

    The source said Thaksin told his associates he would use "all means" to fight his political enemies, whom he blamed for his political downfall and the two-year jail sentence imposed by the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions.

    Thaksin blamed a group of "privileged elites" including retired army generals, said the source.

    Bangkok Post

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    Re: Thaksin, Potjaman end 32-year marriage

    Which leaves them both free to take on a new nationality by marriage.

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    Re: Thaksin, Potjaman end 32-year marriage

    Hmm, we often hear of marriage of convenience. This one may be a version of (dissolution of) marriage for convenience! : - )
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    Re: Thaksin, Potjaman end 32-year marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Don View Post
    Which leaves them both free to take on a new nationality by marriage.
    Well it usually takes quite a few years.

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    Re: Thaksin, Potjaman end 32-year marriage

    A political observer said the divorce could be legally motivated to protect the couple's assets, which are mostly held in the name of Khunying Potjaman.

    The National Anti-Corruption Commission revealed last year that Thaksin officially declared assets worth 614.39 million baht when he took office, while Khunying Potjaman had 8.48 billion baht.
    "We divorced in order to make everybody feel comfortable," a PPP MP who was at the dinner, quoted Thaksin as saying.
    I am sure that both the defenders and detractors of Thaksin will now be relieved at the new level of comfort.

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    Re: Thaksin, Potjaman end 32-year marriage

    Pongthep confirms Thaksin's divorce

    (BangkokPost.com) - Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s spokesman Pongthep Thepkanjana on Saturday confirmed that Mr Thaksin had divorced his wife, Khunying Potjaman, at the Thai consulate in Hong Kong,

    However, Mr Pongthep avoided answering the reasons behind the divorce, citing that it was a personal matter.

    Foreign media, meanwhile, speculated that the divorce was sealed because of legal issues. The media believed the Shinawatra family could be planning to transfer their frozen assets of about 76 billion baht in Thailand to Khunying Potjaman.

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    Re: Thaksin, Potjaman end 32-year marriage

    Thaksin can give me his money and in return I will give him back half the after tax income from these assets as a pension and the other half I will give to my self.

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    Re: Thaksin, Potjaman end 32-year marriage

    He's such a political animal. But is the timing of this to do with trying to pee on someone else's bonfire or in the hope that the bonfire would overshadow his latest manoeuvre?

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    Re: Thaksin, Potjaman end 32-year marriage

    Critics suspicious of ex-couple's motives
    By The Nation

    Critics of ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra expressed suspicion yesterday about the real motives behind his divorce from Khunying Pojaman.

    Sak Kosaengruang, a member of the now-defunct, junta-appointed Assets Examination Committee, said he thought it might have something to do with Pojaman wanting to return to Britain to conduct business.

    "I think she will benefit from the possibility of being able to return to England. She can now claim that she is no longer related to Thaksin," Sak said.

    He added that the couple's Bt76 billion in assets frozen in connection with a corruption case would not be affected, as the alleged wrongdoing was committed when the two were married.

    Sak, who is a legal expert, admitted however that future financial scrutiny of the two would become even more complicated from now on.

    Komsan Phokong, lecturer in law at Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University and former junta-appointed member of the Constitution Drafting Committee, said it was difficult to say for sure what was behind the surprise divorce.

    He did not think it was because of Pojaman's supposed displeasure at Thaksin's continued political role, because Pojaman herself has been involved in politics.

    "It may be about assets, because Thaksin likes to hide his assets in various places without letting Pojaman know and she could be upset about this. The divorce may be good for Pojaman's future income, as it would not be confiscated along with that of Thaksin [in pending legal cases]," said the lecturer.

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    Re: Thaksin, Potjaman end 32-year marriage

    I think Taksin has ulterior motives in everything that he does and nothing is ever what it seems.

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