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Jakrapob set to return from exile tomorrow

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File photo: Jakrapob Penkair / his Facebook page

Former MP and media personality Jakrapob Penkair, who has been in self-imposed exile since 2009, has declared on his Facebook page that he will return to Thailand tomorrow.

“On Thursday March 28th, 2024, at 7:35am, Jakrapob Penkair will return to serve Thailand,” he wrote.

He was a Thai foreign ministry official, before resigning due to conflicts with his superiors.

He began his political career by serving as a government spokesman in the Thaksin Shinawatra administration in 2003, later becoming a minister in the PM’s Office in the Samak Sundaravej cabinet.

He was charged with lèse majesté for a speech he gave at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Bangkok in August 2007, but the charge was dropped.

He was one of the core “red-shirt” leaders.

After the coup in 2006 and the “Songkran riots” in 2009, he went into hiding, claiming that his life was at risk.

 

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