The Democrats reveal that Pheu Thai govt secretly issued Thaksin a new passport

Dems: Thaksin has new Thai passport – The Nation, December 15, 2011
…He quoted the email as saying that a group of ministry officials and politicians had entered the Department of Consular Affairs, on Chaeng Wattana Road, on Oct 31, which was shut that day because of a declared holiday due to the flooding.
Those officials and politicians had unlocked the department’s computerised system to prepare a passport for someone. The email sender had said the group had removed the name of the recipient from the blacklist to pave way for the issuing of a passport…

[2015 note: Like many Thai newspaper articles from just a few years ago, this article is no longer online. Below is the complete text of the original article.]

Dems: Thaksin has new Thai passport

Posted by pattayatoday on Dec 16th, 2011

The Foreign Ministry issued a new Thai passport to fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Oct 31, Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut claimed on Thursday.

Mr Chavanond said he had received an email message from a Foreign Ministry official who wrote under the pseudonym ”Buakaew Saiphanmai” (new blood of the ministry). The message said the ministry had issued a passport to Thaksin on Oct 31.

He quoted the email as saying that a group of ministry officials and politicians had entered the Department of Consular Affairs, on Chaeng Wattana Road, on Oct 31, which was shut that day because of a declared holiday due to the flooding.

Those officials and politicians had unlocked the department’s computerised system to prepare a passport for someone. The email sender had said the group had removed the name of the recipient from the blacklist to pave way for the issuing of a passport.

Mr Chavanond, who held the position of secretary to the foreign minister during the Democrat-led government, said he had checked the itinerary of Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul from Nov 22 to 25 — as suggested by the email sender — and found that the minister had gone to Dubai, where Thaksin now lives since being toppled by a military coup in 2006.

The new Thai passport had already been handed to Thaksin, according to the opposition spokesman.

He said he wanted Mr Surapong to answer the charge a passport had been issued for Thaksin and whether the ousted prime minister was still on the ministry’s blacklist

Evidence must be shown if the passport was not issued to Thaksin, said Mr Chavanond.

If Mr Surapong did issue the passport, he could be deemed in breach of the law and must face legal action, the Democrat spokesman said.

Earlier, Mr Surapong had said it was the foreign minister’s right to issue or revoke passports and he planned to reissue a Thai passport to Thaksin as a “New Year gift”‘, after the Democrat-led government revoked it two years ago.

Mr Chavanond demanded the newly appointed foreign permanent secretary launch an inquiry into the matter.

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