2 ways to revoke Thaksin's royal decorations

There are two ways to revoke royal decorations given to fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, and one way is through royal approval as recommended by Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu KreaNgam said yesterday.

Wissanu said the national police could recommend revoking some of retired Pol Lt-Colonel Thaksin's royal decorations to the secretary of the Cabinet and Prime Minister Prayut could lodge a proposal with His Majesty the King for approval.

The other method, said Wissanu, the legal expert of the current administration, was for the PM's Office Ministry to initiate the process, as some of the royal decorations received by Thaksin had nothing to do with his service in the police, because he only served briefly as an officer.

Some royal decorations were bestowed on Thaksin by His Majesty the King when Thaksin was prime minister and the government could not seek their revocation because they were given to him by His Majesty without the government making requests.

Wissanu cited as an example a decoration from The Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao, known as Tutiya Chula Chom Klao Viset.

"Those who did not ask [for Thaksin] to be granted royal decorations cannot make a request for its revocation. This would be difficult," Wissanu said.

The deputy premier said the process could go in tandem with the national police's move to revoke Thaksin's police rank.

National police chief General Somyot Poompanmuang said on Friday that he was keen to have Thaksin's rank revoked during his term. He is due to retire on September 30.

Wissanu said the national police were not barred by the Police Act from revoking the rank of any former police officer.