Former AEC official says bounty could be offered for fugitive ex-PM . Ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra could be brought back to face justice in Thailand if the government is serious about doing so, said legal experts.
Sak Kosaengruang, the former spokesman for the Asset Examination Committee, said authorities could ask Thai envoys posted overseas to help find Thaksin or could offer a bounty for the convicted expremier.
Over the weekend, it was confirmed that the UK had already revoked visas for Thaksin and his wife Khunying Pojaman to reenter the UK where the couple earlier lived in exile.
The whereabouts of Thaksin is not known, but Tej Bunnag, a former foreign minฌister, said yesterday that he believed Thaksin was currently in China.
It was also speculated that Thaksin would fly to the Philippines to meet Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, his brotherinlaw, today or tomorrow.
Somchai yesterday denied that his official twoday visit to the Philippines would have anything to do with the expremier.
At present, Thailand has extradition treaties with 14 countries – the US, UK, Canada, China, Belgium, Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, South Korea, Bangladesh, Fiji, and Australia.
Somchai said his trip to the Philippines was planned sometime ago as he need to introduce himself to his Asean counterpart.
The premier, however, refused comments if his government would revoke the red “diplomatic” passport granted to Thaksin.
Kasit Pirom of the opposition Democrat party said the “diplomatic” passport should have been cancelled because Thaksin was earlier convicted to a 2 year jailterm.
If Thaksin’s ordinary passport is also terminated, the expremier would be forced to return to Thailand, said the former envoy.
Thaworn Senniem, also of the Democrat Party, said Thaksin could be brough back to Thailand if public prosecutors are serious about doing so.
A former prosecutor, Thaworn said if authorities could ascertain the whereabouts of Thaksin, then they could start the extradition process with any country regardless of whether there are any bilateral treaties.
“If there is no bilateral treaty, we could deal with the counterpart nation on a reciprocal basis,” he said.
However, Sirisak Tiyapan, directorgeneral of the Foreign Affairs Department, said the extradition process would start when Thaksin’s residence is confirmed.
China is believed to be the next country Thaksin may seek to live in exile as it is not posฌsible to continue his exile in the UK.
Sirisak said it would be difficult to seek extradition if Thaksin stayed in a place not having a treaty with Thailand.
The antigovernment People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) leader Chamlong Srimuang said he was surprised by the UK government’s cancellation of visas for Thaksin and Pojaman.
The PAD will continue to oppose constitutional amendment bids designed to help Thaksin, he added
By The Nation
Published on November 10, 2008
They push me into the corner :
Convicted ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra whose entry visa to England was revoked last week will from now on fight back against his political enemies because they pushed him into the corner.
Thaksin told Reuters news agency that he in Beijing, China and is leaving Beijing for an undisclosed location.
He said he will fight back against his political enemies who pushed him into the corner.
This is the first time he talked to the media after England cancelled his visa and his wife’s.
“I will keep traveling. I’m leaving Beijing at the moment,” Thaksin told Reuters by telephone from the Chinese capital.
He refused to say where he was going next but denied the destination was Manila, as rumored.
“I dropped the asylum bid because I don’t think it is necessary. I don’t like the term asylum. I want freedom because I am a champion of democracy. I don’t like anything that restricts freedom,” Thaksin said.
Thaksin who is convicted and sentenced to two years in jail for abusing of power and his wife for tax evasion.
Thaksin told Reuters, “I will phone in and talk to the people who love and have faith in me. I will make a longer speech and start naming names because they have pushed me into a corner,” he said.
Earlier this month, Thaksin called into
Philippines to say no if Thaksin asks for political asylum– Foreign Undersecretary Franklin Ebdalin said on Sunday the government would “politely” turn down any request for political refuge from the self-exiled Thai leader, citing Manila’s “friendly” diplomatic relations with Bangkok. : “If an applicant for a political asylum insists, the first thing the friendly country customarily does is to send him back to his home country,”
Thailand to push Thaksin extradition wherever he goes: officials– Authorities in Thailand will press for the extradition of no matter where he goes to live, officials said Monday after Britain revoked the ousted prime minister’s visa.
Extradition efforts continue– The prosecution will press for the extradition of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra from China to serve his jail term here when his whereabouts are established, a senior public prosecutor said yesterday.
Seizure of billions of Thaksin’s assets continues-Thaksin’s absence would not affect the alleged corruption case which could result in seizure of Thaksin’s Bt76 billion assets, Sak said. Although Thaksin is the only defendant, the case is a civil case, not a criminal one, and the law does not require his presence during the first hearing