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23 November 2011 :: 10:11:23 am 60187

PM: Thaksin not on royal pardon list

BANGKOK, Nov 22 - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Tuesday reaffirmed that, her brother, fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, is not on the list of convicts applying for the proposed royal pardon to be submitted for royal endorsement.
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The premier, however, refused to disclose details on the draft royal decree, saying the process is considered confidential.

Ms Yingluck’s reaction was in response to her cabinet’s proposed decree on the royal pardon last week which sparked an outcry among anti-Thaksin movements and the public for fear that it could benefit the convicted ex-premier.

The prime minister stated that the government’s proposed decree is in accordance with law and tradition, without discrimination against anyone.

“Everything proceeds upon the principles and the rule of law for the benefit of the public and equality,” she said. “This is my stance that I declared to the public since on the first day of my duty and today it remains unchanged.”

Ms Yingluck assured the public that Mr Thaksin’s name is definitely not on the list to receive a royal pardon as the government itself did not propose the list but concerned state agencies. The list will then be studied by the Council of State.

Ousted in a coup in 2006, Mr Thaksin was sentenced in absentia in 2008 to two years imprisonment for abuse of power by helping his then wife acquire a parcel of prime Bangkok commercial land at a price far below its market value.

When the cabinet met last Tuesday, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung, it secretly revised the draft decree on the royal pardon, opening the way for convicts to seek pardon without serving their jail terms, reducing the imprisonment period from actually serving one year to holding a two or three year conviction, and allowing those convicted of particular charges such as corruption, earlier barred from seeking amnesty, to apply for it.

Justice Minister Pol Gen Pracha Promnog affirmed that no significant change has been made on the draft, especially the conditions barring those convicted on drug-related and corruption charges, and that the deposed premier would not get preferential treatment on the matter.

The self-imposed exile ex-premier on Sunday released a letter in Dubai saying he believed the government would not do anything in particular to benefit him.

Report by : MCOT

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