At last : the thai government revokes Thaksin’s diplomatic passport

What a coincidence : the boss changes (good bye Somchai brother-in-law of Thaksin, hello Abhisit)… and voila ! Suddenly, we learn that the thai authorities have revoked the… diplomatic passport of the ex-Prime Minister.

Thaksin was convicted in october 21 (sentenced to 2 years of jail)...

Almost 2 months to take this very simple and obvious decision… Well done guys. 😉

The Foreign Ministry has revoked diplomatic passport held by fugitive ex Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the ministry said Monday.

The ministry said in a statement that the ministry decided to teminate the passport since Dec12. (Nation)

Times change…

7 Responses to “At last : the thai government revokes Thaksin’s diplomatic passport”

  1. 1 chinesethai 16 December 2008 at 1:35 am

    The attitude of most government employees has not changed. They were taught to serve their boss, not the people.

  2. 2 dooda 16 December 2008 at 8:11 am

    please note the part: “Regarding the ordinary passport in possession of the former Prime Minister, the Foreign Ministry has sought the Council of State’s interpretation on a person’s liberty to travel in accordance with the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand B.E. 2550 (2007), before further consideration is made.”

    so maybe when they putting Thaksin in prison, the Prison Department will also need to first seek interpretation whether locking him in prison would violate his liberty to travel!

    i wonder why there is still the need for delaying tactic by Foreign Ministry.

  3. 3 Rich 16 December 2008 at 9:41 am

    Personally, I think it stinks! Name one previous “Rotten” Prime Minister that received this treatment? Even the most despicable were allowed to retain their diplomatic passports.

    These lot are purely vindictive!

  4. 4 ThaiCrisis 16 December 2008 at 10:18 am

    You forgot the “smiley” at the end of your last sentence. 😉

    But I you were serious, then I would be…very surprised. Sure Thaksin is a “first”. But, watch out with the rethoric. It’s not because before all the rotten politicians were given a special treatement that it has to continue this way now.

    Furthermore, I think (we would have to check) that Thaksin is the first ex Prime Minister to have been convicted…

  5. 5 fall 16 December 2008 at 11:49 am

    Ermm… did the FM say exact reason as to WHY? All I read was it was done with due consideration to law and political issues. I dont give a frick about this treatment to the ex-PM, current-PM, or not-yet-born-PM; as long as it’s standardize and fairly implement.

    Go ahead, revoke diplomatic passport of all convict. Better yet, revoke diplomatic passport of all those who had served and are no longer hold office. But dont give me some crap about selective treatment for special circumstance in accordance with national and cultural harmony. Show good governance, draw a line, and set a standard for ALL to see…

    But alas, rule of law aint exactly Thailand’s strong point…

  6. 6 Rich 16 December 2008 at 1:10 pm

    No smiley, I am serious, this is war, and a vendetta.
    Thaksin has been singled out in an act of retribution for daring to take on the middle/upper classes, and you know who.
    I think if you dig deep, you will find out that all of the previous rotten apples kept their passports.(check with Handley’s “TKNS” as there is not a lot available on accurate Thai history..)
    This is about keeping the working class in their place, the dirt under the foot!
    Never let them arise from their lowly place!
    I live here, if this country was serious about anything like education, health etc. it could be done, the will is not there!
    It is better to keep the masses ignorant, and let those priveleged few hold onto their power.

  7. 7 thaichris 17 December 2008 at 1:58 am

    I think it is not only the election of Abhisit which lead to the revoke of the passport.

    Thaksin always needed teh help of the ‘puu yai’ and he paied them for. But now it looks like that the ‘puu yai’ ar under the impression that the sucked out of Thaksin all available cash and it will not be worth to support him. So tehy turned to the next victime.

    It’s like the vampires. When all the blood is sucked out of a cow they turn go to the next one.

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