Political Asylum Seeker Thaksin: No More Passport, No More Homeland, No More Excuses


Thaksin may not even be granted a dearest last wish anymore, to some day live and die on Thai soil.

Just about when the wheels of justice start working in Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister of Thailand deposed nearly two years ago by a bloodless coup, pretends there’s no justice for him and his family in the Thai homeland.

Blaming security threats to him and his family, Thaksin said in a statement released on August 11th that he and his wife Pojaman and tree children are in Britain and will not return to Thailand to fight corruption charges, citing “unfair” political interference in the justice system.

The Thai stock market surged enthusiastically, as Thaksin’s departure for good may finally mark the long promised end of Thaksin’s political interferences. As he has to blame judges that were already in office when he was in office. Thaksin’s days of manipulating and influencing institutions are over. For now.


“My wife and I will stay in England where democracy is more important,” the 59-year-old former premier said in a hand-written statement released to the media, while the Thai Supreme Court issued arrest warrants for the two.

Where democracy is more important. Says the man who some months ago welcomed Thailand’s return to democracy.

Today the disgraced leader is using the same language against Thailand’s democracy as he had used against Thailand’s military junta.

A victim of his own practices. Expecting political asylum for the Burma loan?

There are many sides to Thaksin’s extremely square face.

“I expected everything would be better,” Thaksin said in the statement, “that I might have a chance to prove my innocence and receive a fair trial when I returned to Thailand. But the situation became worse.”

Thaksin’s facing some selective justice? Maybe. For the better of the nation.

Was his fleeing (that amounts to an admission of guilt) facilitated by some backroom deal? Maybe. So be it, if it’s the only honorable way out.

Since Monday August 11th Thaksin and wife Pojaman are hunted by Thai arrest warrants. Will Thailand eagerly seek the extradition? Hardly, given the fact that the Supreme Court let them leave the country, even though Pojaman was duly convicted.

Nevertheless a very grave price to pay for the sake of more justice, security & democracy, to speak in Thaksin’s own words.

According to an observer commenting on absolutely though it was feared in Thailand that Thaksin was about to “create havoc i.e. to get the two groups to fight; then he could claim political refugee status which gives him more status.”

Today a de facto fugitive with (soon) no more Thai passport, expect new other worries to keep the man busy who once ruled the kingdom at will, neither fearing nor respecting any institution.

As a convicted fellow he’ll have to – according to the Premier League’s Fit And Proper Persons Test FAPPT – sell his Manchester City Football Club (thanks for the link Thad).

While Thaksin’s loyal lieutenants back home will have to fight to get the frozen 69 billion baht back.

Thaksin may not even be granted a dearest last wish anymore, to some day live and die on Thai soil.



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