It shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anybody when Thaksin Shinawatra today decided to cancel his speech in Hong Kong, scheduled for Monday March 2, at the Foreign Correspondents Club there.
When first news broke that he was planning to deliver a speech there, Thai police and public prosecutors immediately said they were seeking the cooperation of the Interpol to arrest him. Then came the statement from PM Abhisit Vejjajiva that the foreign ministry was coordinating with authorities concerned along the same line.
Noppadon Pattama, Thaksin’s personal spokesman, said the former premier had decided to call off the function to avoid embarrassing the Chinese government.
In fact, whatever Thaksin does in Hong Kong politically has put Beijing ill at ease with him all along. Now, he will have to find some other place to carry out his campaign to undermine the Abhisit government.
Reference: Thai Talk
Thaksin to Phone in to Hong Kong on Mar 12
UPDATE : 4 March 2009
The Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong stated that former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will give a speech via a video link on March12th after cancelling last Monday’s scheduled show.The FCC stated on Monday that Thaksin, who was convicted in a criminal case in Thailand, will give a speech via video link on March 12th after he postponed his scheduled speech last Monday.
The FCC said that Thaksin will speak on the topic “Financial Crisis and Political Uncertainty: Lessons from Thailand”. Thaksin has earlier cancelled his speech first planned for last Monday. His spokesperson on Saturday (Feb.28) said that Thaksin didn’t want to contribute to any difficulties in the relationship between Thailand and China and cancelled his speech after Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva stated that he asked China to extradite Thaksin to Thailand.
Thaksin was ousted as prime minister by a coup in 2006 and now it is uncertain where he is. He was sentenced to 2 years in jail last October when he was found guilty of abusing his power as PM to help secure a land purchase contract.
There is no treaty to extradite a criminal from Hong Kong to Thailand due to the fact that Hong Kong has separate laws from China.
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