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Thaksin insists on returning next month despite family’s warning


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

DE FACTO PHEU THAI BOSS Thaksin Shinawatra has not postponed his planned homecoming from next month despite a desperate warning against it from members of his family.

Thaksin’s daughter Paetongtarn Shinawatra, one of a trio of Pheu Thai partisan contestants for prime minister, said today (June 14) her father has not as yet put off his homecoming scheme and insisted that he will be returning from self-exile abroad within next month though his family members earlier asked him to think twice about it.

The Shinawatra family members, especially his ex-spouse Podjaman na Pombejra, have been reportedly worried to the extent that he might possibly be “fooled around” by others again and strongly suggested that he put off his planned return at least until a post-election government has been practically put in place.

The former prime minister deposed in the 2006 coup has time and again aired his desire to literally babysit all his seven grandchildren and recently put it “whatever will be, will be,” when asked by his family to think twice about his homecoming scheme.

The de facto Pheu Thai boss has not pinpointed next month’s date for his planned return but said it will take place ahead of his July 26 birth anniversary and that he will have his daughter unveil it to the public.

Nevertheless, Thaksin could possibly be taken to prison upon arrival, given earlier court verdicts delivered in his absentia finding him guilty of separate counts of misconduct perpetrated during his premiership nearly two decades ago and sentenced him to a combined 10-year jail term.


Top former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra with his daughter and Pheu Thai candidate for prime minister Paetongtarn Shinawatra. Photo: Thai Rath

Top: Former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. Photo: AP and published by BBC

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