04 Dec '11, 8am

Thai king's birthday pardon excludes Thaksin: Official

Thai king's birthday pardon excludes Thaksin: Official

An annual royal pardon granted to thousands of convicts to mark the revered Thai king's birthday this week will not include fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, the prisons chief said on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP BANGKOK (AFP) - An annual royal pardon granted to thousands of convicts to mark the revered Thai king's birthday this week will not include fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, the prisons chief said on Sunday. Media reports emerged last month saying the cabinet had endorsed a draft pardon that could allow Thaksin to return without serving time, prompting anger from his rivals, but the government later appeared to back off from such a move. While around 22,000 prisoners will benefit from the pardon which comes into effect on Sunday, a day ahead of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 84th birthday, Thaksin will not, corrections department chief Suchart Wongananchai told AF...

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