03 Dec '11, 10am

Thaksin might get a 'New Year's present' from the Thai government: His Thai passport

BANGKOK - Thailand's self-exiled, fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra could be reissued his Thai passport within weeks as a "New Year present" from the government, the country's foreign minister said yesterday. Thaksin, who lives in Dubai to avoid jail in Thailand, should be granted a regular Thai passport because no court order was issued to revoke it when he fled in 2008, Mr Surapong Towijakchaikul said. "We are considering returning the passport to former prime minister Thaksin and we expect to be able to do so within weeks," Mr Surapong told reporters. "To be fair, we are reviewing the laws ... it could be a New Year's present." Thaksin, a twice-elected telecommunications billionaire who once owned English Premier League football club Manchester City, currently travels on passports issued by Nicaragua and Montenegro. He went to England shortly before a co...

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