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Thaksin might probably be given parole: Wissanu


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

“SICKLY” DE FACTO PHEU THAI BOSS Thaksin Shinawatra who is reportedly serving a one-year “imprisonment” might probably be granted parole, according to former deputy prime minister Wissanu Krea-ngam.

The former prime minister who currently remains under official custody at Police Hospital where he has been admitted for “illnesses” might probably be paroled after he has served at least one-third of his one-year sentence or four months, Wissanu said over the weekend.

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn has recently granted royal pardon to curtail the de facto Pheu Thai boss’s earlier-sentenced, eight-year jail term to only one year.

Thaksin had been earlier sentenced in absentia by court to eight years in jail due to a few separate cases of convicted misconduct during his premiership nearly two decades ago.

On the morning of Aug.22, Thaksin returned from 17 years of self-exile following the 2006 coup, was almost immediately brought to the Supreme Court to formally hear of his convictions, then brought to a nursing unit in the premises of Bangkok Remand Prison where he stayed for barely a half day, reported of “illnesses” in the middle of the night and finally rushed to Police Hospital where security has been specifically tightened.

On the same day at parliament, lawmakers cast an overwhelming vote for Pheu Thai candidate for prime minister Srettha Thavisin. Thaksin’s sister/deposed prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra had allegedly pushed for the successful naming of the real estate mogul-turned-prime minister.

On his hospital bed with a cellphone by his side, the “sickly” de facto Pheu Thai boss allegedly managed to take part in power play allocating cabinet portfolios among coalition partners with his right-hand man Bhumtham Wechayachai performing as wheeler-dealer. Bhumtham was given a couple of seats to concurrently assume as deputy prime minister and commerce minister.


Top: De facto Pheu Thai boss Thaksin Shinawatra upon his arrival at Don Mueang Airport on August 22, 2023.

Front Page: Thaksin Shinawatra aboard a private jet flying back to Thailand from Singapore on August 22, 2023. Both photos: Naewna

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