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Daughter of ex-Thai PM Thaksin says royal pardon request is ‘up to him’
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Daughter of ex-Thai PM Thaksin says royal pardon request is ‘up to him’

The daughter of Thailand’s imprisoned previous premier Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday said any move to seek a regal pardon for her father would be completely  “his choice” and such a thing would require some time. In her fresh remarks on the thing since her father’s dramatic coming back last week after 15 years of self-exile, Ms Paetongtarn Shinawatra said Thaksin, who must serve eight years for misuse of power and wars of interest, would be the one to investigate the topic all by himself.

“Drafting (a pardon request) requires time, and it is his choice for him to decide the time and process,” she conveyed to reporters. “He is doing it by himself, I have not discovered it,” Ms Paetongtarn said of a pardon, also saying it was at his discretion. Ms Paetongtarn, a senior part of the Pheu Thai group governing the incoming government, was talking a day after going to see her father in hospital and said she was worried about his heart.

Thaksin, 74, was sent from prison to a Bangkok police hospital previous week just a few hours into his first night in prison, talking of chest pains and high blood pressure. His haters have said it could be a huge lie about his illness and said they want proof of his illness. Doctors are observing everything,” Ms Paetongtarn said, adding that he was stressed and exhausted.