07 Mar '11, 8am

Thai PM to be grilled over tobacco firm role via @cmswire

Thai PM to be grilled over tobacco firm role via @cmswire

Despite his image as 'Mr Clean', Mr Abhisit allegedly instructed his close aide, known by the initial K, to exert influence on the company's behalf, prompting speculation about kickbacks being paid to a foreign bank account, Mr Yuthapong claimed. -- PHOTO: REUTERS THAILAND - THE Pheu Thai Party plans to grill Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva for allegedly meddling in an effort to help an international tobacco company evade Bt68 billion (S$2.8 billion) in import tariffs between 2003 and 2007. 'One of the censure and impeachment charges against Mr Abhisit is his inteference in the legal proceedings in a tax evasion case involving Philip Morris (Thailand) Limited,' party deputy spokesman Yuthapong Jarassathian said on Sunday. Mr Yuthapong alleged that Mr Abhisit intervened in the prosecution review, resulting in the dropping of charges against the company. Despite his image a...

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