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“No, Thaksin did not sneak into Thailand”

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Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has not returned to Thailand, despite photos posted on his Instagram account appearing to place him in Bangkok, Pheu Thai deputy spokesman Anusorn Iamsa-ard said. 

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This photo of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra was uploaded to his Instagram account on April 14 and appears to place him in Bangkok.


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Hackers behind Thaksin pics

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Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has not returned to Thailand, despite photos posted on his Instagram account appearing to place him in Bangkok, Pheu Thai deputy spokesman Anusorn Iamsa-ard said.

Two pictures posted on Instagram on April 14 and June 9, respectively, were traced to two locations – one on Phutthamonthon Sai 3 Road and the other in Phra Nakhon district of the city – fuelling speculation that the ousted premier had managed to sneak back into the country.

But Mr Anusorn quashed the rumour, saying that Thaksin's account was hacked and that he had not returned.

The posts were published when Thaksin was overseas, he said.

"Thaksin normally posts pictures himself," he said, but said the two photographs in question must have come from elsewhere.

The former prime minister left Thailand shortly before the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions found him guilty in 2008 of abuse of authority in the Ratchadaphisek land deal case and sentenced him in absentia to two years in jail.

Mr Anusorn said hackers infiltrating the former premier's Instagram account could be trying to shake the government led by Thaksin's sister, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

"I can confirm he has not returned to Thailand," he said.

Thaksin's lawyer Noppadon Pattama echoed Mr Anusorn's comments yesterday.

"I want to confirm that on no occasion has Thaksin come back to Thailand," he said.

Mr Noppadon said the picture of Thaksin riding a horse posted on April 14 was taken in China.

ousted – forced out of a position of power ที่ถูกขับออกจากตำแหน่ง
Instagram – an online photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service
hacker – a person who secretly finds a way of looking at and/or changing information on somebody else's computer system without permission  ผู้ที่มีความชำนาญในการใช้คอมพิวเตอร์ไปในทางที่ผิดกฎหมาย เช่น แอบขโมยข้อมูลจากคอมพิวเตอร์ในเครือข่าย
appear – to seem ดูเหมือนจะ, ดูเหมือนว่า
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
respectively – in the order in which they were mentioned ตามลำดับ
trace – to follow the evidence to find out something ตามรอย ตามทาง
location – where someone or something is ที่ตั้ง,ทำเล
fuel – to cause something, usually bad, to happen; to increase something; to make something stronger ก่อให้เกิด, ทำให้รุนแรงขึ้น
speculation – ideas or discussion about what might happen or has happened or why something has happened without having complete information การคาดการณ์
sneak – to go somewhere secretly, trying to avoid being seen   เดินหลบ,เดินลับ ๆ ล่อ ๆ
quash – to stop something from continuing ปราบ, กำจัด (ข่าวลือ, กรต่อต้าน) ยกเลิก
rumour – a piece of information, or a story, that people talk about, but that may not be true ข่าวลือ
publish – to make something available to the public on the Internet เผยแพร่
overseas – connected with foreign countries, especially those separated from your country by the sea or ocean เกี่ยวกับต่างประเทศ, ข้ามทะเล
Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions – a trial court in a case where the Prime Minister, a minister, member of the House of Representatives, senator or other political official is accused of becoming unusually wealthy, committing crimes with in office, performing duties dishonestly, or being corrupted according to other laws.  ศาลฎีกา แผนกคดีอาญาของผู้ดำรงตำแหน่งทางการเมือง
find guilty – to prove in a court of law that someone has committed a crime พิสูจน์ว่ามีความผิด
abuse of power – the illegal use of power in a bad, dishonest or harmful way ใช้อำนาจในการกระทำผิดกฎหมาย
deal – a formal agreement, especially in business or politics การตกลงซื้อขาย, ข้อตกลง, การซื้อขาย
sentence – (of a court of law) to give a punishment ลงโทษ
in absentia – while not present at the event being referred to ไม่มา (คำทางการ), ไม่อยู่, ไม่ปรากฏตัว
infiltrate – to enter or make somebody enter a place or an organisation secretly, especially in order to get information that can be used against it แทรกซึมเข้าไป
shake – to cause someone to feel nervous or frightened because of something that has happened ทำให้ตกใจและสะเทือนใจ
lawyer – an attorney ทนาย
echo – to express the ideas or feelings that someone else has expressed  กล่าวซ้ำ
occasion – a time at which something happens โอกาส

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