April 14, 2021

Thailand will request extradition of Thaksin Shinawatra, according to Hong Kong media

Thailand will request extradition of Thaksin Shinawatra, according to Hong Kong media



The Thai government will request the extradition of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who is in Hong Kong to attend the wedding of his youngest daughter, Paetongtarn Shinawatra, on Friday, according to local media.

The youngest daughter of Shinawatra, Paetongtarn "Ing" Shinawatra, will marry this Friday with the pilot Pidok Sooksawas in the Hotel Rosewood of the former British colony, when Thailand – which holds elections on March 24 – will activate an extradition request against the former prime minister, said the Hong Kong portal Asia Times.

According to this means, the Thai authorities will present a formal request for extradition as soon as they discover where Thaksin is staying.

However, the general director of the Foreign Affairs Department of the Thai Prosecutor General's Office, Chatchom Akapin, denied on Wednesday that the Office of the General Prosecutor had submitted an extradition request, and that it was the responsibility of the police to initiate the process.

Thaksin, prime minister between 2001 and 2006, was expelled from power that year after a military coup and two years later was exiled to avoid serving a jail sentence on corruption charges.

In 2011, her sister Yingluck won the elections leading the Puea Thai Party, one of whose mottos during her election campaign was "Thaksin thinks, Puea Thai acts".

Yingluck's government was overthrown three years later and the former prime minister followed her brother into exile in 2017 to avoid a conviction for abuse of power and negligence.

After several delays, the military government has decided to call elections on March 24 and, due to an electoral law that harms the big parties, the allies of the Shinawatra clan are presented in three different blocks: the Puea Thai that brought Yingluck to power , and the novelties Thai Raksa Chart and Puea Chart.

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