By Thai Newsroom Reporters
THE CONFIDENCE of the Pheu Thai-led government under Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin will be adversely affected if de facto party boss Thaksin Shinawatra continues to literally keep himself as a convicted inmate out of jail for longer than appropriate, according to a noted academic.
Thammasat University law lecturer Prinya Thaewanarumitkul has posted on his Facebook page to say the Pheu Thai-led government will almost certainly be taken to task by members of society for allegedly applying double standards in favour of the former prime minister who might possibly be allowed to literally keep himself outside of Bangkok Remand Prison after he has recovered from “illnesses” at Police Hospital or any other hospital.
Prinya commented that the Srettha government’s integrity and stability will be more or less affected if the de facto Pheu Thai boss manages to literally keep himself out of jail, given a contentious excuse of “illnesses” such as a cardiac disease.
In the mid-morning of Aug.22, Thaksin was brought from Don Mueang airport to the Supreme Court and then to Bangkok Remand Prison where he stayed barely a half day before he was transferred in the middle of the night to Police Hospital where he has been admitted for “illnesses” since.
The de facto Pheu Thai boss who had returned from 17 years in self-exile abroad since he was ousted in the 2006 coup has allegedly taken part in power play allocating portfolios of a Pheu Thai-led cabinet among coalition partners literally from his hospital bed, giving instructions via a cellphone to his right-hand man/Pheu Thai wheeler-dealer Bhumtham Wechayachai.
Nevertheless, Thaksin has already been granted royal pardon to the extent that his earlier-convicted, eight-year jail sentence due to separate cases of convicted misconduct be curtailed to only one year.
Former deputy prime minister Wissanu Krea-ngam has earlier said the former prime minister might probably be released on parole after he has served at least one-third of his one-year term behind bars.
Nevertheless, an anti-Thaksin activist group has earlier charged that the deposed prime minister had feigned his way to hospital and accused the Ministry of Justice in charge of the Department of Corrections of using double standards to satisfy such a “privileged” convicted inmate who had globetrotted for many years and never been reported of any serious illnesses other than Covid-19 whilst living in Dubai.
According to the Thammasat law lecturer, Thaksin may continue to stay outside of the prison for longer than 30 days if he is given a written approval from a doctor who has been specifically treating him at the hospital as well as the director-general of the Department of Corrections.
In case that the de facto Pheu Thai boss may physically keep himself out of jail for longer than 60 days, he will need a written approval from the undersecretary of justice and in case of longer than 120 days, he will need one from the minister of justice, Prinya pointed out.
The academic said the Pheu Thai-led government will almost certainly get in a precarious state if other convicted inmates are not entitled to the same privileges as granted to the de facto boss of the party.
Top and Front Page: Pheu Thai de facto boss Thaksin Shinawatra upon his arrival at Don Mueang Airport on Aug. 22, 2023. Photos: Sanook.com