By Thai Newsroom Reporters
“SICKLY” CONVICT-CUM-DE FACTO PHEU THAI BOSS Thaksin Shinawatra will not have his criminal records deleted, given a severe court conviction earlier delivered against him, according to police chief Pol.Gen.Torsak Sukvimol.
The criminal records earlier used in court proceedings against the “sickly” Thaksin who has been staying in a private ward at Police Hospital for nearly three months were by no means subject to erasure by the Criminal Records Division, the police chief said today (Nov.16).
Thaksin was not among an estimated 9.3 million suspects and convicts whose criminal records are to be erased by the division, given the fact that his “severe” court conviction and sentence had resulted in more than a one-year period in prison, Pol.Gen.Torsak said.
The “sickly’ former prime minister-turned-convict had been transferred from Bangkok Remand Prison to Police Hospital since he returned from 17 years of self-exile abroad on Aug.22, the same date on which former real estate tycoon-turned-prime-ministerial candidate Srettha Thavisin was named head of a Pheu Thai-led government. His health conditions and any symptoms of his “illnesses” have as yet remained a mystery to the public.
Thaksin had been earlier sentenced in absentia to eight years in jail for a few counts of convicted misconduct during his previous premiership. Given royal pardon, his jail term has been curtailed to only one year with the probability of his being released on parole by next February.
A group of anti-Thaksin activists has repeatedly called on the authorities to bring the “sickly” convict back to jail, accusing him of feigning illnesses to keep himself from literally being put behind bars.
The deposed prime minister had allegedly taken his part in the power play over the setup of the Pheu Thai-led government and allocation of cabinet portfolios among coalition partners by literally giving out orders on a cellphone from his private ward to Pheu Thai wheeler-dealer Phumtham Wechayachai who has become a deputy prime minister-cum-commerce minister.
Top and Front Page: Police chief Pol.Gen.Torsak Sukvimol, left, and Pheu Thai boss Thaksin Shinawatra, right. Both photos: Matichon