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Thaksin to get extra security and “adequate conveniences” while in prison


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Fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will be given additional security and appropriate “conveniences” while he is detained at Bangkok remand prison, following his return to Thailand this Tuesday, according to Aryut Sinthoppan, director-general of the Corrections Department...


Thaksin faces ten years in prison on three convictions: two years for the two- and three-digit lottery project, three years for the 4 billion baht loan extended by the Thai Exim Bank to Myanmar government, for the purchase of equipment from his Shin Satellite company, and five years for allowing nominees to hold his shares in Shin Corp, owned by his family. The statute of limitations has already expired on his two-year sentence for the Ratchadapisek land deal conviction.

He is entitled to apply for Royal pardon.


Hop to it, Lurch!


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Thailand's former PM Thaksin Shinawatra has been jailed upon returning to the country after 15 years in exile. 

But many believe he has struck a deal that will keep him from serving more than a short period in prison.


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Thai King cuts ousted former leader Thaksin Shinawatra’s 8-year prison sentence to 1 year

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has reduced the prison sentence of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra from eight years to one, in a remarkable turn of events that caps an extraordinary decades-long political saga.

Thaksin, the head of a famed political dynasty who had dramatically returned to Thailand from a 15-year self-imposed exile last week, submitted a request for a royal pardon, the country’s outgoing justice minister confirmed Thursday.

A statement published by Thailand’s Royal Gazette Friday said the King had acknowledged Thaksin’s piea and, “with His Majesty’s graciousness, he has reduced the sentence of the male inmate Thaksin Shinawatra to one year.”... more...


A whole year! - Obviously not as rich as Red Bull Boy then.

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