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Critics fear deposed Thai PM Thaksin plotting to retake power after return from exile

Critics fear deposed Thai PM Thaksin plotting to retake power after return from exile

Deposed Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra returned home from exile to a rousing welcome Thursday in what critics fear is his first step toward regaining power, despite corruption charges that could put him behind bars and a vow to renounce politics forever.
The 58-year-old billionaire, with tears in his eyes and forehead pressed to the ground, was given a hero's welcome by thousands of supporters after he landed at Bangkok's international airport to end 17 months of exile.
Within two hours he was out on bail in two separate court cases, and later told a news conference that he had "come back to restore my reputation and fight for justice in court" after being ousted in a military coup.
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Updated : 2021-06-19 00:20 GMT+08:00