21 May 2024

His Majesty the King has issued a Royal Command recalling all Royal decorations bestowed upon fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra for his services while he was still in Thailand, citing his extreme improprieties.

According to the Royal Command, which was published in the Royal gazette today, Thaksin’s improprieties include his imprisonment by the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders, his indictment on several other charges as well as his flight from the country to avoid incarceration.

The Royal decorations to be cancelled and annulled include the Knight Grand Cross Commander of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao, The Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant, the Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant and the Companion (4th Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant.

Earlier on Tuesday, the board of the alumni foundation of the Armed Forces Preparatory School agreed to remove Thaksin from the list of outstanding alumni and to recind the Chak Dao awards granted to him, citing Thaksin’s recent impropriety.

In a press interview on Friday from Hong Kong, Thaksin claimed that the image, posted on the social media, showing him and Princess Ubolratna at the wedding of his daughter in Hong Kong was doctored and was used for political purposes in a way which has caused damage.

He further claimed that he has been a friend of the princess for over 30 years and he has always treated her with the greatest respect.