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The live broadcast on Thailand's Channel 11 featuring former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra at a boxing event in Macau two weeks ago was not legally wrong, a subcommittee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has ruled.

According to the Bangkok Post, Lt Gen Peerapong Manakit, a director of the NBTC and chairman of the subcommittee in charge of content and programme slots, said: "The organisers bought the rights to the airtime from state-owned NBT television. The NBTC had no right to intervene."

Thaksin appeared on Channel 11 on 9 December to preside over a muay Thai event held in Macau to commemorate the King's 85th birthday.

The deposed premier took the opportunity to defend himself against his 2008 abuse of power and graft convictions, and criticised the 2006 coup-makers who toppled his administration.

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