Asia Briefs: Thaksin gets summons over $714m taxes, fines

Thaksin gets summons over $714m taxes, fines

BANGKOK • Thailand's Revenue Department yesterday issued a tax summons demanding former premier Thaksin Shinawatra pay back taxes from a decade ago and fines worth 17.63 billion baht (S$714 million).

The tax officials lodged the summons at Thaksin's home in Charansanitwong Road.

Thai Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Kreangam said earlier this month that the government has a March 31 deadline for collecting the money.

Thaksin's supporters have challenged the tax bill, saying it is politically motivated.


No decision yet to buy French jets, says Najib

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said yesterday that he discussed the possible purchase of Dassault Aviation's Rafale fighter jets with visiting French President Francois Hollande, but remained undecided.

"We're not ready yet to make a decision, but we take note of its success in other countries," Datuk Seri Najib said at a joint news conference with Mr Hollande in Kuala Lumpur.

Rafale is seen as a front runner as Malaysia looks to buy up to 18 jets in a deal potentially worth more than US$2 billion (S$2.8 billion), sources have said.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 29, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe