Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul on Tuesday defended his decision to give back an ordinary Thai passport to fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
Mr Surapong said he had written to the Office of the Ombudsman after it wrote to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Feb 12 suggesting she order the ministry to review its decision to issue the passport to her brother.
“The Foreign Ministry just reaffirmed that we did the right thing because a passport is like an identification card. Just like we don’t seize ID cards from people who are being jailed," Mr Surapong said.
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