11 July 2024

Pheu Thai leader Paetongtarn Shinawatra admitted today that she is worried that her father, Thaksin, may be arrested for violating royal defamation laws in 2015.

Thaksin, currently convicted and jailed on corruption charges, could be released on parole later this month, given his age and medical condition.

Thaksin has been charged with lèse majesté and an arrest warrant was issued. He is yet to be indicted, however, because he was in exile abroad when the initial charge was filed. As such, it is possible that he will be re-arrested if he is freed on parole.

Paetongtarn said her family has prepared the family residence, known as “Ban Chansongla”, for her father’s return “once he is freed”.

She claims that she does not know whether her father will be granted parole and that Justice Minister Tawee Sodsong, who has the final say, has told her nothing about Thaksin’s parole chances.

If Thaksin is granted parole, he will be released on February 18.