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Thailand’s ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra paroled raising legal questions


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Convicted former Prime Minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra, has been granted parole in compliance with legal criteria, according to Police Colonel Tawee Sodsong, the Justice Minister. This comes following Thaskin’s return to Thailand last year, during which he did not serve any jail time.

 

This development sparked questions from Nattacha Boonchaiinsawat, a Bangkok MP for the Move Forward Party (MFP), during a parliamentary session. Nattacha queried how Thaskin qualified for parole under the Corrections Act or the Department of Corrections (DoC) regulations, reported Bangkok Post.

 

He referred to a DoC regulation which states that for inmates to be eligible for parole, they must be either seriously ill or over 70 years old and incapable of adequately caring for themselves. This includes dependency on others for daily activities such as eating, moving around, or maintaining personal hygiene, as well as a lack of control over bowel movements.


“How does Thaksin fit this condition?” Nattacha questioned, seeking further information about the two doctors who certified Thaksin as seriously ill but subsequently recovered within 180 days.


In response, Pol. Col. Tawee cited the National Health Act, which safeguards individuals’ health-related data confidentiality, preventing its disclosure without the individual’s consent. “The doctors who diagnosed Thaksin’s conditions are from the Police General Hospital [where he was detained]. His parole was in line with the law and related regulations and doctors’ criteria,” he stated.

 

Meanwhile, the opposition Democrat Party voiced that it wouldn’t bring up the issue in the forthcoming censure debate as it doesn’t pertain to the government’s performance. Rather, Deputy Leader Chaichana Detdecho highlighted that crucial economic issues, such as the stalled digital wallet scheme, are of greater relevance.


“Thaksin has returned home and been reunited with his family. The issue has come to an end. The concern now is the justice system. The public wonders if there are double standards. I would like to ask the director-general of the Department of Corrections to give a clear answer,” Chaichana said.

 

Chaichana indicated that the party anticipates a censure debate to occur before the House session concludes in April. He also mentioned that the topics of discussion would include the digital wallet scheme, government’s policies to increase minimum daily wages and salaries of graduates which have not been implemented yet.

 

by Mitch Connor

Photo by Wason Wanichakorn via AP

 

Source: The Thaiger 2024-02-23

 

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

Convicted former Prime Minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra, has been granted parole in compliance with legal criteria, according to Police Colonel Tawee Sodsong, the Justice Minister. This comes following Thaskin’s return to Thailand last year, during which he did not serve any jail time

Ask all the questions you want, the answer coming back will always be the same. 

No special treatment, no privileges, everything is in accordance with the law.

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On 2/23/2024 at 8:35 AM, flyingtlger said:

 

It's a miracle......

Yes. The day he was released on parole he miraculously got up on his own and walked out of the hospital without aid. The conditions seem to have been met only while he was incarcerated in the hospital. What is more the miracle is that the people have seemed to accept it with very little opposition. When it is talked about as in this article it is more to get you to hear what they say then the topic changes to something other than Thaksin.. Click bait maybe. 

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