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    Surapong gets two years for Thaksin passport

    Surapong gets two years for Thaksin passport


    Former foreign minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul has been sentenced to two years in prison for issuing a passport for Thaksin Shinawatra.

    The court for politicians on Tuesday ruled him guilty of malfeasance under Section 157 of the Criminal Code and the 2000 anti-corruption law.

    Since he planned to appeal, the court later approved his request for temporary release on a bond of 5 million baht.

    Prosecutors filed the suit against Mr Surapong, who was also deputy prime minister in the Yingluck Shinawatra government, in March last year after the NACC found the case had ground a month earlier.

    He was released on bail during the trial on a bond of 3 million baht and was prohibited from travelling abroad.

    The court on Tuesday found Mr Surapong, 65, had prepared to issue the passport for Thaksin from the application stage. He had a role in the review and removal of Thaksin's name from the list of people who must be checked before a passport can be given. Such actions violate the 2005 passport regulation, it said.

    "The defendant cited a government policy which did not exist. His actions led to the issuance of the passport. This means the defendant, as a minister, aided and abetted Thanksin, who was on an arrest warrant on national security charges " the court said in a statement.

    His actions allowed Thaksin to travel freely and live abroad and the Thai government could not ask a country to expel or extradite him on the charge of not having a passport, read the statement.

    "This weakened the judicial procedures and court sanctions. It also tarnished the reputation of the country.": https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/pol...aksin-passport
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    Hardly a 2yr sentence if he's released on bail. Enough time to call in favours from his cronies

    He'll never see the inside of a jail, that's obvious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    Since he planned to appeal, the court later approved his request for temporary release on a bond of 5 million baht and a backhander of 10% of the bond amount.
    Fixed that.

    Is it normal to release guilty criminals whilst they appeal? Sounds odd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exexpat View Post
    Fixed that.

    Is it normal to release guilty criminals whilst they appeal? Sounds odd.
    Sondhi Limthongkul was released on bail I don't know how many times after being found guilty.

    I think he had his own revolving door installed.

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    He wouldn't be much use to anyone in jail. It's not like he'd be a target for the ''sisters'' as they say

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    Ex-foreign minister gets suspended jail term in Thaksin passport case

    The Supreme Court has upheld the two-year prison term given to former foreign minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul for reissuing a passport to fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, then suspended the sentence.

    The Supreme Courtís Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions issued its ruling on Thursday.

    It confirmed the prison sentence handed down on June 19 last year, and then suspended it because of Mr Surapong's age, 66 years, and poor health. He was ordered to pay a fine of 100,000 baht.

    The same court sentenced him to two years in prison last year, but did not suspend the sentence. He was found guilty of malfeasance under Section 157 of the Criminal Code and the 1999 anti-corruption law.

    Mr Surapong appealed against the sentence, and a meeting of Supreme Court judges agreed to hear his case.

    He was released on 5-million-baht bail after the sentence last year because of his failing health, to prepare for his final court battle.

    Mr Surapong arrived at the courthouse on Thursday in a wheelchair, accompanied by his immediate family and other relatives, lawyers and nurses.

    The nine judges on the court bench unanimously confirmed that he was guilty in the passport case, and decided by a majority to suspend the prison term because of his age and infirmity.

    Mr Surapong has diabetes, heart problems, fat in his blood vessels and cancer, the court was told.

    The case goes back to 2017, when the Office of the Attorney-General arraigned him in court after the National Anti-Corruption Commission upheld a complaint and decided there was a case against him for malfeasance while in office.

    The Foreign Ministry revoked Thaksinís official and regular passports in December 2008, blacklisted him, and sent notifications to all foreign countries. Thaksin's regular passport was reissued in October 2011, when Mr Surapong was the foreign minister of the Yingluck Shinawatra government.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...-passport-case
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