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Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will return home on August 10th, Paethongtarn Shinawatra, Thaksin’s daughter, has announced on social media, adding that even though her family is concerned, they respect his decision.


Paethongtarn stated that her father will return to Thailand on August 10 and will land at Don Mueang International Airport. Various legal cases await him.


"For the people who have read up to this point, my father is a Thai, and a PM who has been spoken of as having the most achievements and the fate of being put through an ordeal. His decision to return home this time is something he has earnestly spoken about consistently since the beginning of 2022. Even on the basis of being human and being Thai, he takes the utmost consideration about everyone's comfort and concerns," Paetongtarn stated in the post.



The former Prime Minister was ousted in a coup in September 2006. He returned to Thailand on 28 February 2008, but had to go back into exile in August of the same year. He has been living in exile for 15 years.


Prior to this, Thaksin had announced on Twitter on May 9, less than a week before the general election, that he would return to Thailand sometime before his birthday in July this year. On May 16 he reiterated his plan to return.


On both occasions, he confirmed that he would come back to Thailand to face legal proceedings so as to not become a burden on the Pheu Thai Party, even if he had to be detained in prison. He stated that the reason for his return was his desire to see his family and grandchildren.


When Thaksin returns, he will face various charges. Thaksin has been involved in 8 cases that have been reported in the news. 4 of these cases have reached a verdict with a sentence of imprisonment, 2 were dismissed, and 2 are under investigation by the National Anti-Corruption Commission.


The cases with sentences of imprisonment:

-The case of land procurement in the Ratchadaphisek area: 2 years.

-The case involving EXIM Bank providing a 4 billion baht loan to Myanmar: 3 years.

-The case involving shares in Shin Corporation illegally held by nominees: 5 years and an arrest warrant was also issued.

-The case of 2- and 3-digit lottery fraud: 2 years.

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