BANGKOK: Jailed former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is to be freed, the dominion’s justice minister stated on Tuesday (Feb 13), probably as quickly because the weekend – simply six months after coming back from 15 years of self-imposed exile.
The controversial billionaire, twice elected premier and ousted in a 2006 navy coup, was jailed for eight years on graft and abuse of energy prices in August, however inside days had his sentence lower to at least one 12 months by King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
Justice Minister Tawee Sodsong stated on Tuesday that the previous Manchester City proprietor, 74, could be amongst 930 prisoners granted early launch.
“He is in the group where they are in a critical condition or aged over 70. He will be released after six months automatically,” Tawee Sodsong informed reporters.
Thaksin was jailed on Aug 22 final 12 months, and Thai media reported that his launch might come any day from Saturday.