Pinky wins court nod to remove electronic tag

Pinky wins court nod to remove electronic tag

Savika: Released in November
Savika: Released in November

Actress Savika "Pinky" Chaiyadej yesterday won approval by the Criminal Court to remove an electronic monitoring (EM) device she was required to wear after her release from jail on Nov 30 last year.

The actress, jailed in connection with the Forex-3D Ponzi scheme case, insists she is innocent. She claims she was a victim duped into investing in the high-profile scheme, not someone who lured others into investing, for which she stands accused.

Her lawyer lodged a request for the court's permission to remove the EM device yesterday, saying the device was an obstacle to her showbiz career.

Savika, named as the seventh defendant in the high-profile Forex-3D case, reported yesterday to court officials for a second time since her release from prison.

She is required as part of bail granted on Nov 30 to report every month and not leave the country without court permission.

Savika, her mother Sarinya and brother Sarayut, are among 24 alleged accomplices in the Ponzi case which is believed to have caused about 2.4 billion baht in total losses to many victims.

The Forex-3D scheme was never granted permission to operate by the Bank of Thailand.

Many of the victims claimed they invested after placing their faith in the creditability of celebrities and influential figures apparently connected to the venture. Savika is one of those celebrities.

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