Former Thai PM Thaksin gets passport back

AP News
Posted: Dec 16, 2011 6:44 AM
Former Thai PM Thaksin gets passport back

Thailand has issued a new passport for former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to replace one revoked by the previous government.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Thani Thongphakdi said Friday that Thaksin was granted a new passport on Oct. 26. Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said he lifted an April 2009 order revoking Thaksin's passport.

Thaksin fled into exile after being ousted by a 2006 military coup, and was convicted of corruption in absentia. His critics accuse the current government of helping Thaksin escape justice. Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin's sister, became prime minister in August.

Thaksin's passport was revoked because he was judged to be undermining national security after his supporters disrupted a meeting of Asian leaders.