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Thailand's ex-PM Thaksin requests royal pardon

Influential former leader faces 8-year sentence after returning from self-exile

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, center, flanked by son Panthongtae Shinawatra and daughter Paetongtarn Shinawatra, arrives in Bangkok on Aug. 22 after years of self-imposed exile.   © Reuters

BANGKOK (Reuters) -- Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has submitted a request for a royal pardon, outgoing Justice Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said on Thursday, his latest move in a long-running power struggle with the country's establishment.

Thaksin, Thailand's most famous politician, made a dramatic homecoming last week after 15 years abroad where he lived in self-exile to avoid prison.

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