Govt knows where Thaksin is


Convicted Thaksin in Dubai; Officials negotiate extradition

The government knows where outlawed former premier Thaksin Shinawatra is hiding, but authorities in that country are not being helpful, Deputy Interior Minister Thaworn Senneam said on Thursday.

Thaksin could not be arrested because that country had not been at all cooperative , Mr Thaworn said.

The government had sent a special envoy to negotiate with this country, but it did not go as well as expected.

The name of the country could not be revealed yet, as the government wanted to work out the issue through diplomatic means.

It would be difficult  to block Thaksin’s phone-ins because other people using the same signal would also be affected by any action, the deputy minister said.

He asked the deposed prime minister not to widen the political conflict, to avoid hurting people outside the political circle.

Thaksin’s younger sister Yaowaret Shinawatra rejected suggestions Thaksin’s close family had left the country because they were concerned about possible consequences of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) mass protest.
The family went abroad for business or holiday purposes and they would return to Thailand soon, Mrs Yaowaret said
They had no intention to flee the country, as the government suggested. Other members of the Shinawatra family were still in Thailand, she said.

On Tuesday night, Thaksin’s ex-wife Khunying Potjaman Damapong and their daughter Paethongtan flew to Hong Kong. Another daughter Pinthongtha departed to England. Their son Panthongtae headed for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Thaksin’s brother-in-law and former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat also went to Dubai.

Mrs Yaowaret said it Mr Somchai could not possibly have fled the country since his wife Yaowapa Wongsawat was still in Thailand.

Bangkok Post, April 9, 2009

Convicted Thaksin in Dubai; Officials negotiate extradition

BANGKOK, April 10 (TNA) – A senior Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs official has travelled to Dubai after learning that convicted, ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is now staying and using that city as a springboard for attacking the Thai government, according to personal spokesman for Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, on Friday.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has monitored the movements of Mr. Thaksin on a regular basis and is certain that he is now staying in Dubai as several leaders of the opposition Puea Thai Party, including former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat, had travelled there to meet him recently, Mr. Thepthai Senpong, said.
Mr. Somchai is a brother-in-law of Mr. Thaksin, who was ousted in a bloodless coup in September 2006.  Mr. Thaksin was sentenced in absentia last October to a two-year imprisonment for violating conflict of interest rules in helping his then wife buy land from a state agency at a price significantly below its market price.
Ex-premier Somchai still has return and open tickets to Dubai, said Mr. Thepthai. The Dubai authorities had promised to extradite Mr. Thaksin if he tarnished Thailand’s image, he said. Dubai has no extradition treaty with Thailand.
A group of 20 former army officers, senators and businessmen on Monday set a Bt1 million bounty for his arrest after charging the billionaire in collaboration with anti-government protesters for allegedly slandering Thailand’s royal institution on several occasions. (TNA)


Govt will ask UAE to extradite Thaksin


The government will ask the United Arab Emirates to extradite former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a Government House source says.

Thaksin is believed to be in Dubai, a UAE emirate, from where he has communicated with United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship supporters regularly by video-link. A special envoy will be sent to the UAE to secure Thaksin’s extradition, the source said.

Deputy Interior Minister Thavorn Senniam said yesterday Thaksin was in a country which had not been cooperating in handing him over.

Bangkok Post, April 10,2009






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