Political prognosis: Advisor probes Thaksin Shinawatra’s health and cell

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The health status and incarceration conditions of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra have come under the scrutiny of Somchai Srisutthiyakorn, an advisor to the Parliament Committee on Budgeting Study and Budget Administration Follow-up.

Somchai is pressing the government to shed light on Thaksin’s situation, 100 days after his transfer to the Police General Hospital following chest pain, hypertension, and low blood oxygen levels.

Thaksin, following his return on August 22 and subsequent imprisonment, was initially quarantined at the Bangkok Remand Prison. The Chiang Mai-born former PM’s health issues led to his relocation to the Police General Hospital. Somchai raised concerns on social media.

“Thaksin has been in a VIP room at the Police General Hospital for 100 days. If the government can’t clarify the truth about this privilege, the issue will become a crisis for the government and the premier.”

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Somchai further noted that the ambiguity surrounding the Thai businessman’s situation has spurred public speculation. The current government is led by the Pheu Thai Party, linked to the Thai businessman, and Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin oversees the management of the Royal Thai Police.

“Parties come and go, but when the public does not trust the political institution and the justice system, the issue is more serious. A lack of clarification can damage the justice system as a whole.”

Echoing Somchai’s concerns, Pichit Chaimongkol, leader of the Network of Students and People Reforming Thailand, expressed his discontent on social media.

“This is the 100th day of justice being distorted.”

In the meantime, Paetongtarn Shinawatra, leader of the Pheu Thai Party and the 74 year old former Thai PM’s youngest daughter, refuted rumours that her father would receive a royal pardon on December 5, reported Bangkok Post.

In related news, National Police Chief General Torsak Sukvimol requested a report from the Police General Hospital (PGH) regarding the medical treatment provided to Thaksin. This request was prompted by a photograph circulating on social media that depicted Thaksin, donned in a patient’s gown and mask, presumably heading for CT and MRI scans. Read more about this story HERE.

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Mitch Connor

Mitch is a Bangkok resident, having relocated from Southern California, via Florida in 2022. He studied journalism before dropping out of college to teach English in South America. After returning to the US, he spent 4 years working for various online publishers before moving to Thailand.

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