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02 July 2009 :: 21:07:23 pm 36271

‘Red Shirt’ UDD Petitions For Royal Pardon For Convicted Ex-Premier Thaksin

BANGKOK, July 2 Thailand's anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) popularly known as the Red Shirts on Thursday began its long-touted campaign to gather one million signatures to ask for a royal pardon for ousted ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra to allow him to return from his self-imposed exile.
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UDD leader Veera Musikapong said the group planned to collect one million signatures to submit its petition to His Majesty the King by August 1.

If the United Front fails to gather one million names within one month, it will scrap its plan to seek the royal pardon, Mr. Veera said.

The UDD office, located in Bangkok’s Ladprao area, was open for members of the public to sign their names to the petition seeking a royal pardon for Mr. Thaksin.

The protest movement leaders also distributed forms for UDD activists and supporters to formally enrol with the organisation by signing their names, surnames, identification card and telephone numbers and to provide copies of their ID cards. The application must be returned to the UDD office by mail within one month.

Mr. Veera said he received a good response from the public. Registration documents have been distributed by facsimile to members in the provinces.

A Thai court last October sentenced Mr. Thaksin in absentia to two years in prison for abuse of power, for allowing his then wife to bid on a plot of government-owned Bangkok land at a government auction in 2003 while he was prime minister, an action the court deemed as being a conflict of interest and an abuse of power. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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