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Shinawatra sentenced to prison

21 October 2008 11:52
Former Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra has been sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of corruption by the Thai Supreme Court. The ex-Prime Minister of Thailand, who is currently the honorary president of City following the takeover of the club by the Abu Dhabi United Group earlier this year, was ousted from power in his homeland in 2006. His wife had previously been found guilty and sentenced in absentia to three years in prison. Shinawatra was found to have violated conflict of interest rules in helping his wife buy land from a state agency at a knock-down price. He has denied rumours that he was seeking asylum in Britain, telling Reuters: "I have been informed of the result. I had long anticipated that it would turn out this way."

Source: ESA