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Thaksin to visit Chiang Mai next week

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File photo : Former PM Thaksin Shinawatra

Former PM Thaksin Shinawatra is set to travel in his private jet to visit his home province of Chiang Mai next week, an informed source said today.

Currently released from prison on parole, he will pay his respects at the Bangkok city pillar shrine before departing for Chiang Mai on March 14.

During his visit, he will be staying at a residence within Summit Green Valley, in Mae Rim district, where he will be visited by family members and relatives in the evening.

On March 15, Thaksin and his family will participate in respect and merit making rituals at the temple in San Kamphaeng district, where his ancestors’ relics are interred.

Thaksin is scheduled to return to Bangkok the next day.

This trip marks his first visit to his home province since he began decades in self-exile abroad. Thaksin returned to Thailand last August and was subsequently convicted on corruption charges.

Despite not spending a single night in prison, citing various ailments, he stayed in the Police General Hospital for six months, before being released on parole to his Chan Song La residence.

Many Thais doubt the severity of his illness, however, claiming that he received special treatment from authorities to avoid staying in a prison cell.


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