Saturday, February 23, 2008

Thailand reinstates Thaksin's passport

Published: Feb. 23, 2008 at 1:58 PMBANGKOK, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Thailand has officially reinstated the diplomatic passport of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a source has confirmed.The high-level source said the former prime minister, whose diplomatic passport was revoked following a coup in 2006, was re-issued a diplomatic passport by the Thai Foreign Ministry, The Bangkok Post reported Saturday.The diplomatic move comes nearly two weeks after Thaksin's former aide, Noppadon Pattama, was appointed foreign minister for Thailand.Upon assuming his position at the Foreign Ministry, Noppadon said Thaksin was eligible for the same benefits and rights granted to all past prime ministers who were once issued special passports.While the source said the reinstatement of Thaksin's diplomatic passport was a matter of equal treatment, the Post said it has been suggested it was special treatment meant to facilitate Thaksin's return to Thailand.

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