Thaksin stripped of rank in defence volunteer force

Fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been dealt yet another blow by being stripped by a  Royal Command of his rank in the territorial defence volunteer force.

The proposal to strip Thaksin of the position, known as “Nai Kong Yai,”  was submitted to the Palace by the Interior Ministry, citing the ex-prime minister’s misconduct, including his flight from the country to avoid a jail term and other alleged offences still pending in court.

The Royal Command approving the Interior Ministry’s proposal was announced in the Royal Gazette on Sunday.

Last month, a Royal Command stripped Thaksin of all the Royal decorations bestowed while he served as prime minister of Thailand before he was toppled in a military coup in 2006. Though in self-exile since, Thaksin is believed to have been playing active behind-the-scene political role, including giving support to some of the political parties vying in the recent general election.

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