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Ex-Thai PM Enters Not Guilty Plea on Corruption Charges


Deposed Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has pleaded innocent to one of three corruption charges filed against him.

Mr. Thaksin entered his plea Wednesday before a Thai Supreme Court judge. He is accused of using his office to win a property deal for his wife.

Mr. Thaksin returned to Thailand on February 26, 17 months after he was deposed in a bloodless military coup. He was immediately arrested and taken to the Supreme Court to face charges on the real estate deal. The court barred him from leaving Thailand without permission.

Mr. Thaksin has received the court's permission to travel to Britain on Thursday.

The ex-premier is also facing separate charges of withholding information about his holdings in a real estate company, and of illegal use of funds from a state lottery.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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