Former leader Thaksin Shinawatra at his daugther’s wedding in Hong Kong on March 22, 2019.

BANGKOK — A top military figure said Thursday politics wasn’t behind the army’s decision to strip former leader Thaksin Shinawatra of an award.

Gen. Pornpipat Benyasri, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, told reporters the ex-premier lost his Chakdao medal in accordance with the military’s regulations, which call for awards to be rescinded if recipients “fail to deserve the honor.”

“The media and Thai people may already know that answer from many websites and social media,” Pornpipat said when asked why Thaksin lost the award. “But it disturbs the ethics and values of…