Activists from the Student and People Network for Thailand Reform (SNT) filed a complaint seeking a detailed disclosure of former PM Thaksin Shinawatra’s health conditions, to prove if he deserves to stay in a hospital instead of a prison.
The activists on Monday, September 18th, submitted a letter to the Royal Thai Police Office demanding the Police General Hospital release the latest update on Thaksin’s health condition, after he was whisked there from a prison due to worsening health issues after serving less than twelve hours.
The convicted ex-premier so far spent most of his remaining one-year jail term in a posh hospital suite due to alleged medical problems and the prison’s lack of medical equipment. His initial eight-year sentence was reduced to one year by His Royal Majesty the King. Thaksin could be eligible for parole in the near future as well.
The SNT stated that they wanted the doctors at the hospital to provide clarification on Thaksin’s illness, noting that this week would mark his one-month stay in the hospital.
They further shed doubts on his illness, saying he appeared normal when he arrived in Thailand in August.
SNT representatives explained that the purpose of their petition was merely to ascertain that Thaksin did not hold privileges above other inmates for receiving treatment outside of the prison.