20 Nov '11, 7am

Thaksin speaks out after Thai royal pardon reports

Thaksin speaks out after Thai royal pardon reports

BANGKOK: Thailand's ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra Sunday played down suggestions that he would get special treatment from his government allies following reports he would be proposed for a pardon. Thaksin lives abroad to escape a two-year jail term for corruption, but a cabinet meeting this week reportedly drafted a royal pardon that could allow him to come back without serving his sentence, prompting an angry response from the opposition. In a letter to his fellow Thais, forwarded by email to AFP by his lawyer Noppadon Pattama, Thaksin spoke of the "rumour" that his name would be included in a list of those proposed for royal pardons next month. "I trust in the principle that the government will not do anything that will benefit me or any individual specifically," said the 62-year-old in the letter from Dubai, where he lives. Thaksin, who was ousted in a 2006 coup, said a...

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