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Pheu Thai wants Thaksin back
Thailand’s Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions found Mr. Thaksin guilty of helping his then-wife, Potjaman na Pombejra, purchase land at a discounted price.
About 3.6 million supporters of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) had signed the petition for Thaksin's amnesty in August 2009 and submitted it to the Abhisit government.
It was not until early this week that the Justice Ministry announced it had completed verifying the signatures.
Even if Mr. Thaksin were somehow absolved from his 2-year sentence, his return could be problematic as there are several more legal cases pending against him including terrorism in connection with the red shirt siege of Bangkok that ended on May 19, 2010. Terrorism carries the death penalty.
Most legal experts say there is little chance of Mr. Thaksin’s case being reversed by the courts. Thailand still remains politically divided and a reversal of the decision could set off anti-Thaksin forces in the country.
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