Thai Government Discusses Possible Thaksin Pardon

Posted November 16th, 2011 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Thailand's government is reportedly discussing an amnesty that would pave the way for the return of fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who fled the country to avoid a corruption charge.

The Bangkok Post newspaper reports that the Cabinet approved the pardon during a meeting Tuesday. The amnesty will reportedly apply to people over the age of 60 who were sentenced to less than three years in prison.

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung did not confirm the report, but said no final decision has been made.

Royal pardons need the approval of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej who regularly issues them around his birthday on December 5.

Mr. Thaksin, the older brother of current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, was ousted by the army in a 2006 coup, sparking a prolonged period of political instability.

He fled the country in 2008 and was sentenced in absentia to two years in prison for corruption.