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Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin released on parole

Update : 18 Feb 2024, 11:23

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been released on parole. He was seen leaving a hospital, where he had been detained for six months, early on Sunday.

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said Thaksin had been scheduled to be released on parole on Sunday.

Why was Thaksin Shinawatra detained?

Former Prime Minister and Pheu Thai party founder Thaksin was ousted in a coup 17 years ago, driving him into self-imposed exile. He was in office from 2001 to 2006.

He returned to Thailand for the first time in 15 years in August, only to be quickly arrested and taken to the Supreme Court, which sentenced him to eight years on charges of graft and abuse of power. His eight-year sentence was commuted to a year by King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

Thaksin was transferred to hospital hours after his imprisonment as he suffered from high blood pressure and chest pain.

The Pheu Thai party leads Thailand's coalition government, which was formed after elections in May 2023 after the party struck an alliance with pro-military factions, leading to opponents to speculate that Thaksin's release was secured as part of a deal. The current leader of the party is Thaksin's youngest daughter, Paetongtarn Shinawatra.

The government has denied having made a deal to ensure the former prime minister's release, with Srettha insisting that "[Thaksin] has already served his jail time."

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