Exiled ex-PM Thaksin pledges return to Thailand for driver’s funeral

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, exiled since 2008, right now confirmed he’s returning to Thailand subsequent month. The seventy four year outdated ex PM is returning to pay his respects to Wichai Changlek, Thaksin’s driver, who passed away at the age of seventy three. Thaksin wishes to return to attend the cremation ceremonies.
The household of Shinawatra, together with his daughters Paetongtarn and Pinthongta, showed their presence at the funeral. Thaksin despatched a wreath together with a message of condolence to the grieving family, asking that they delay the cremation course of till he could possibly be present in individual to pay his last respects.
Having been removed from power because of a army coup in 2006, Thaksin has lived overseas since 2008 when he moved away from Thailand simply before his sentencing for misuse of power. His want to return to Thailand and face any authorized repercussions has been expressed on quite a few occasions in recent months.
Originally, it appeared his return was imminent, with plans being made for that objective this week. However, this has now been postponed as Thaksin doesn’t want to trigger any distractions throughout this politically uncertain time.
Wichai, additionally referred to as “Loong (Uncle) Pok,” found himself garnering consideration back in 2001 due to a case which seemed into the non-disclosure of shares owned by Thaksin and his household. At a time when Thaksin was a major minister-elect and the top of the since-dissolved Thai Rak Thai Party, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) accused him of neglecting to announce property price roughly 2.37 billion baht.
The NACC discovered proof suggesting that Thaksin had enlisted his household employees, which included Wichai, to be stand-in shareholders, and had transferred his holdings to these employees members to hide his ownership. Investigations revealed Wichai held shares in several corporations owned by the Shinawatra family, with 346,500 shares in Shinawatra Computer and Communication and 24,988,986 shares in Alpine Golf and Sports Club.
Back in Light , Wichai offered the Constitutional Court with the explanation that Khunying Potjaman na Pombejra, Thaksin’s former spouse, requested his identify be used as a shareholder without explaining her causes.
A slender ruling emerged from the court, with a vote of 8-7 determining that the rich prime minister had no intent of concealing his property, and the mistake was perceived as “honest.” Thaksin was inaugurated as the prime minister that very same year..

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