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Court rules revocation of Thaksin’s passports was legal

BANGKOK: The Central Administrative Court today (Sept 27) dismissed a lawsuit filed by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra against the state’s revocation of his two regular Thai passports.

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Tuesday 27 September 2016, 03:44PM


Red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship supporters hold a birthday party for former prime minister Thaksin Shinawztra at a bookshop at Imperial World shopping mall in Lat Phrao on June 26 this year. Photo: Patipat Janthong
Red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship supporters hold a birthday party for former prime minister Thaksin Shinawztra at a bookshop at Imperial World shopping mall in Lat Phrao on June 26 this year. Photo: Patipat Janthong

In rejecting the suit, the court said the Department of Consular Affairs had the authority to issue or not issue passports, including revoking the passports of Thai nationals. The department’s revocation of Thaksin’s passports was in line with the law, said the court.

In the suit filed on his behalf, the fugitive former prime minister accused the chief of the Department of Consular Affairs and the permanent secretary for foreign affairs of illegally revoking the passports on May 26 last year.

The ministry cancelled Thaksin’s passports following media interviews he gave in South Korea. The interviews were deemed “inappropriate” by security authorities who claimed Thaksin’s comments undermined national security and dignity.

In an interview with the Chosun Ilbo newspaper in Seoul on May 20, 2015, Thaksin claimed that privy councillors supported the anti-government protests that culminated in the military coup that ousted his sister Yingluck’s government on May 22, 2014.

After the 2006 coup, all Thaksin’s passports were revoked, but the Yingluck government reinstated his regular passports in 2011.

Thaksin’s lawyer, Watthana Tiangkoon, who submitted the suit on Thaksin’s behalf, said yesterday that he would notify Thaksin about the verdict. The lawyer said there were some legal issues that could be raised in further proceedings.

The legal team would appeal the verdict within 30 days, Mr Watthana said.

In 2008, the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions sentenced Thaksin to two years in prison for helping his former wife Khunying Potjaman na Pombejra buy prime state land in the Ratchadaphisek area of Bangkok when he was prime minister in 2003.

Thaksin fled the country after being granted bail to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics just before the court handed down the sentence. He has not returned since.

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Joe12 | 29 September 2016 - 21:45:33

Kurt... you state "history shows so many court rulings were in the passed overruled/corrected during new Governments." Name one.
"Mr Thaksin's 2 Governments in the passed were legitimate elected Governments ( twice) according democratic principals"... yet the Supreme Court and other Courts have sentenced him to imprisonment in absentia because he is a cheat and a thief and thrown out of office by the Army.

"Why until now since 2008(!) are the yellow shirt Bangkok illegal airports blockages not seen in court cases" unless you were living under a rock, you might have heard that martial law was introduced due to continuous violence from both sides and was for the purpose of allowing the army to restore and maintain the peace. It also imposed a ban on publishing information which might affect the military's mission and banned political gatherings of more than five persons. Normal democratic principles could not be applied since. So I take it your stance is critical of the current situation?

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Kurt | 28 September 2016 - 12:27:16

Well Andy, Mr Taksin's passport doings are serving a few purposes.
1: He continues getting media attention.
2: Anticipate on future. 
Nothing is static in Thailand, history shows so many court rulings were in the passed overruled/corrected during new Governments.
And don't forget, Mr Thaksin's 2 Governments in the passed were legitimate elected Governments ( twice) according democratic principals.
Whatever thai people think about it now. ( which I respect)

Why until now since 2008(!) are the yellow shirt Bangkok illegal airports blockages not seen in court cases?
At least it shows a selective thinking what or what not to bring to court for ruling.

In Thailand it is a bit of: what we like to forget we not prosecute, what we feel to prosecute for our present benefit we do.
It works a moment, but at later time it will  bounce back, simply because it keeps hanging in the thai air.

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Joe12 | 27 September 2016 - 20:40:46

Kurt...."I am sure he doesn't care less" yet in the sentence before you state: "What a waist of court times about Mr Taksin's passport affairs" If he didn't care, why spend all that money defending himself in Court?

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Andy | 27 September 2016 - 19:10:09

Kurt
I agree it is a waste of court time but of course he cares, that is why he is paying for these court applications.
He can travel freely but not to Thailand and that hurts him deeply. He desires to be the big rich hi-so here instead of a nobody in another country. He likely sees regaining his passport as a step towards that desire.

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Kurt | 27 September 2016 - 17:17:50

What a waist of court times about Mr Taksin's passport affairs.
I am sure he doesn't care less.
All this just keeps him in sight, will be not forgotten.
He has several foreign passports ( east european and middle east) and travels freely over the world.

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