By Thai Newsroom Reporters
FORMER PRIME MINISTER THAKSIN Shinawatra will almost certainly be put behind bars and get under the judicial process if he returns home from self-exile overseas, confirmed former MP Nipit Intarasombat over the weekend.
Thaksin, who was deposed in the 2006 coup and has been reportedly residing in Dubai, repeatedly vowed on social media to come back home without needs for legislation to warrant his long-coveted return or help from the Pheu Thai Party where he is largely viewed as de facto party boss.
Nevertheless, Nipit contended that Thaksin could not practically do so without being put behind bars upon his arrival to this country to serve his 12-year jail terms, given earlier court verdicts on some misconduct cases, plus pending future court rulings on others.
That the deposed premier repeatedly pledged to return home but stopped short of telling exactly how could probably have been a sustained effort to court sympathy and support for the Pheu Thai Party during the current run-up to a general election in which he predicted his camp will score a landslide victory, Nipit said.
The veteran ex-MP, currently attached to the Palang Pracharath, remarked that the de facto Pheu Thai boss will never be legally allowed to return home as a free person regardless of any plans and schemes which he may have hatched for the time being and beyond.
Though the Pheu Thai could probably score a landslide victory and become core of a coalition government after the nationwide election, Thaksin will certainly be treated by the judicial branch which is entirely independent of the executive or legislative branch, Nipit said.
Though Thaksin might probably seek royal pardon on exceptional, individual basis after he has returned home as planned, the former premier will almost certainly be put in jail in the first place, pending the monarch’s approval which might as well involve a time-consuming process whilst at the same time serving the sentences previously delivered by court, according to the ex-Democrat MP.
It would be very unlikely for the de facto Pheu Thai boss to manage to have legislation for individual freedom lodged in parliament for fear that it could possibly repeat the one once filed in the time of his sister/former premier Yingluck Shinawatra culminating in the 2014 coup staged by army chief-turned-premier Prayut Chan-o-cha, according to the ex-MP.
Thaksin who publicly pledged to return home to literally babysit his seven grandchildren earlier expressed fears of possibly being somehow murdered in jail.
Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Top photo: Matichon, Front Page photo: Thai Rath
Insert: Former MP Nipit Intarasombat. Photo: INN News