Son of former Thai PM indicted on money laundering charge

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Phantongtae Shinawatra, son of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, arrives at prosecutor's office Bangkok, Wednesday, Oct. 10. (AP Photo)
Phantongtae Shinawatra, son of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, arrives at prosecutor’s office Bangkok, Wednesday, Oct. 10. (AP Photo)

Bangkok (AP) — The son of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was indicted Wednesday on charges of money laundering, as pressure mounts on the ousted leader’s political allies.

Panthongtae Shinawatra was arraigned by prosecutors for allegedly laundering 10 million baht linked to an earlier corruption case involving Krungthai Bank.

In August 2015, executives of the bank were sentenced to 18 years in prison for extending illegal loans. Panthongtae is accused of laundering some of that money, although he has said he returned the money he received.

Panthongtae appeared Wednesday at the attorney general’s office and later at the Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases.

The court granted him bail of 1 million baht and set the date of the next hearing for Nov. 5.