By Thai Newsroom Reporters
POLICE CHIEF Pol.Gen. Torsak Sukwimon today (Oct.17) ordered executive officials of Police Hospital to find out about the current condition of the “sickly” de facto Pheu Thai boss/convicted inmate Thaksin Shinawatra and whether he could possibly have feigned his way to hospital only to stay away from jail as alleged.
The newly-named police chief said he does not know much about the event in which the deposed prime minister has been staying at Police Hospital for “illnesses” details of which had not been available to publicly disclose for nearly two months now, thus prompting him to order the hospital’s executive officials to find out the facts and report him in due course.
Pol.Gen.Torsak’s comment followed a snapshot recently taken showing the “sickly” Thaksin being wheeled in a stretcher from one building to another in the premises of Police Hospital, which is literally next to the National Police headquarters, for a CT Scan and MRI.
Corrections Department director-general Sahakarn Petnarin is yet to endorse an imminent request for Thaksin’s longer stay for medical treatment at Police Hospital beyond a 60-day limit which is ending on the upcoming Friday.
The de facto Pheu Thai boss was alleged to have quietly taken part in power play over last August’s setup of a Pheu Thai-led coalition government and allocation of cabinet portfolios among coalition partners via a cell phone constantly available on his hospital bed and his right-hand man/Pheu Thai wheeler-dealer Bhumtham Wechayachai.
He had stayed at a nursing home in the premises of Bangkok Remand Prison for barely a half day after he had returned from 17 years in self-exile abroad on August 22, then been reported to have suffered some “illnesses” including a cardiac disease and rushed to Police Hospital in the middle of the night.
On that date, Pheu Thai top candidate Srettha Thavisin, viewed as personally associated with Thaksin’s sister/deposed prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, was voted prime minister by lawmakers at parliament.
Top: Police Chief Pol.Gen. Torsak Sukwimon, left, and de facto Pheu Thai boss Thaksin Shinawatra being taken for a CT Scan and MRI at Police Hospital, right. Photo: Matichon
Front Page: Police Chief Pol.Gen. Torsak Sukwimon with an image of de facto Pheu Thai boss Thaksin Shinawatra being taken for a CT Scan and MRI at Police Hospital inset. Photo: Thai Rath