Revocation of former PM Thaksin’s police rank receives green light

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BANGKOK, 13 August 2015, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has indicated that the Ministry of Justice has decided to revoke the Police Lieutenant Colonel rank held by ex-Premier Thaksin Shinawatra, deeming that Mr. Thaksin had violated the 2004 Royal Thai Police’s revocation bill.

He stated the Royal Thai Police would soon forward the revocation proposal to the Royal Household for approval, in order to officially strip Mr. Thaksin of his police rank.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan stressed that the process is being done in accordance with the rule of law. He added that the move wasn’t aimed at bullying the former Prime Minister or creating conflict in society.

Deputy Prime Minister Wisanu Krue-Ngam pointed out that Mr. Thaksin couldn’t take legal action against the Council of State for giving advice to the government about his rank revocation, as the council is not the one executing the order.