Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra released: Reports | Politics news

The Justice Minister says Thaksin was one of 930 prisoners who were granted parole on Tuesday and are expected to be released after February 17.

Imprisoned former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is set to be released, according to local media reports.

Thai media reported on Tuesday, citing Justice Minister Tawe Sodsong, that Thaksin, 74, who was sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of abuse of power before a royal pardon reduced the sentence to one year, was released on the basis of his age and health condition.

The politician and businessman was taken to hospital after one night in prison as a result of high blood pressure, and has been there ever since.

Tawi told reporters that he was among 930 prisoners who were granted parole on Tuesday and are expected to be released after February 17.

Thailand He returned to Thailand last August After more than 14 years in exile.

Thaksin came to power in 2001 on a populist platform It appealed to rural Thais who have been neglected by the country’s ruling elites for a long time. Thaksin returned with a landslide five years later, but in September 2006, when Thaksin was in New York preparing to address the United Nations, the military seized power in a coup.

Thaksin – who was also accused of serious human rights abuses amid violent conflict in the country’s Muslim-majority southern provinces and a “drug war” that left thousands dead – was later convicted of abuse of power and went into exile, mostly in Dubai.

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