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Thaksin’s homecoming, arrest-free desire questioned


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

AN OUTSPOKEN FORMER MP has expressed online his bewilderment at de facto Pheu Thai boss Thaksin Shinawatra’s repeatedly-proclaimed design to return home without being almost immediately put behind bars.

Ex-Democrat MP Nipit Intharasombat posted on his Facebook page to express his unsettled doubt that the former prime minister who has been earlier sentenced in absentia to a dozen years in jail on several counts of misconduct could possibly come back home without being arrested upon his arrival to Bangkok.

Nipit who will seek re-election for MP in the next general election under the Palang Pracharath tickets contended that Thaksin would be promptly brought to justice upon his planned return at any given day since, the ex-MP said, those misconduct lawsuits earlier lodged against the de facto Pheu Thai boss still await court verdict whilst it would remain to be seen whether a detained Thaksin would be released under bail.

The de facto Pheu Thai boss may only manage to seek royal pardon for the cases on which court verdict has already been delivered but not for those currently pending court ruling, Nipit pointed out.

According to the former legislator, Thaksin could not practically remain at large if he ever returned home from abroad and would be brought by the authorities to justice, no matter if the Pheu Thai might possibly score a landslide victory in the nationwide election and then become core of a coalition government.

The ex-MP’s comments followed Thaksin’s repeated vows to return home without seeking help from the Pheu Thai rank and file or manipulating legislation to grant amnesty for him.

During Tuesday’s live podcast from Dubai, Thaksin  stopped short of saying how he could possibly manage to meet his homecoming desire but reconfirmed his daughter Paetongtarn Shinawatra will be the only person to announce to the public the time for his planned return.

The former premier who was deposed in the 2006 coup admitted he had earlier intended to return last year but was talked by his children into postponing it for safety reasons.

He said he could get things done by himself and categorically dismissed speculation that the Pheu Thai might probably get in alliance with the Palang Pracharath, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, to set up a post-election coalition government only to pave way for his homecoming plan.


Top: Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra with his daughter Paetongtarn Shinawatra. Photo: Thai Rath

Insert: Former MP Nipit Intharasombat. Photo: INN News

Front Page: Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Photo: AFP/Getty Images and published by BBC

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