Yingluck may return under 'Thaksin model'

Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra shopping in London on April 14.(Photo: Yingluck Shinawatra Facebook page)
Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra shopping in London on April 14.(Photo: Yingluck Shinawatra Facebook page)

Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra may return home under a similar model used by her brother Thaksin, according to an adviser to the prime minister, Pichit Chuenban.

Mr Pichit said Yingluck, the country's only female prime minister, fled overseas in 2017 shortly before a court sentenced her to five years in jail for negligence in a rice subsidy scheme.

"There is nothing complicated about the [return] process," he said. "It will depend on [Yingluck] on when she decides to come home."

Asked whether she plans to return to Thailand, Mr Pichit said he doesn't know yet. "We haven't been in contact for a long time."

Thaksin, who was also convicted of crimes, received a royal pardon after returning home, reducing his jail term from eight years to one year. He is now on parole.

Mr Pichit said a similar model could be used by Yingluck to return.

Pol Col Tawee Sodsong, Justice Minister, on Thursday declined to comment on Yingluck's potential return.

When asked if she would be sent to prison after landing in Thailand, he said "yes", adding there is no double standard.

Asked if Yingluck could use Thaksin's model, Pol Col Tawee said "there is no model or anything like that". The term "model" was created by the media, he said.

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  • complicated: difficult to deal with, do or understand - ซับซ้อน
  • convicted: having been proven guilty of a crime by a court of law - ต้องโทษ, ได้รับการพิสูจน์ว่าข้อกล่าวหามีความผิดจริง
  • double standard: a rule or standard of good behaviour which, unfairly, some people are expected to follow or achieve but other people are not - สองมาตรฐาน
  • flee (past form: fled) (verb): to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger or consequences - หนี
  • model: a simple description of a system, used for explaining how something works or calculating what might happen, etc - แบบจำลอง
  • negligence: when you do not give enough care or attention to someone or something - ความประมาท, ความไม่เอาใจใส่
  • pardon: an official decision to forgive someone for committing a crime and to free them from full or further punishment - การอภัยโทษ
  • parole (noun): permission that is given to a prisoner to leave prison before the end of their sentence on condition that they behave well - การพ้นโทษอย่างมีเงื่อนไขหรือทำทัณฑ์บนไว้
  • potential: possible in the future - ที่อาจเป็นไปได้
  • scheme: a plan for achieving something, especially something illegal or dishonest - แผนการ (ที่มีท่าว่าจะผิดกฎหมาย)
  • subsidy: an amount of money that the government or another organisation pays to help to reduce the cost of a service or product - เงินสนับสนุน (the verb form is subsidise)
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