Runaway ex-Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra used his Montenegro passport to travel to Liberia last week, a source said.
His passport number is I38kd3695, the source said.
According to his Montenegro passport, Thaksin who has been running away from a two-year jail term in Thailand, arrived in Monrovia, capital of Liberia on April 20 and departed it on April 23.
Earlier reports confirmed that he is also holding a Nicaraguan passport as he is appointed as “special ambassador” by Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega.
Thai government has revoked all his passports, including diplomatic and ordinary passports, after he became fugitive.
Deputy PM Denies Knowledge of Thaksin’s Cambodian Passport
The deputy prime minister in charge of security affairs says he has not been informed that former PM Thaksin Shinawatra held a Cambodian passport. Meanwhile, the deputy premier said red-shirt rallies in the provinces can be held if they are carried out lawfully.
Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, who oversees national security affairs, said he did not know deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who has lived in exile since being convicted of corruption, held a Cambodian passport.
Suthep said he did not ask Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan to take any action regarding Thaksin’s case during his recent trip to Cambodia. Suthep added that the Foreign Ministry is overseeing all aspects of Thaksin’s extradition.
The deputy PM stated that the government wants to make sure that all sides understand the situation concerning Thaksin’s extradition and respect the law.
Responding to reports of anti-government red-shirt rallies in many provinces, Suthep noted that the Prime Minister Abhisit Vevjjajiva earlier declared at Parliament that protests can now be held since the state of emergency has been lifted.
Suthep said the crowd-control law being pushed by many academics is needed, but said further discussions will be required before such legislation is enacated.
Meanwhile, Suthep is now reportedly traveling in a bullet-proof Ford Everest SUV with one-inch thick windows.
Defense Minister Refuses to Discuss with Cambodia on Thaksin’s Passport Case
The defence minister has said his trip to Cambodia is to negotiate regarding the border issue, adding that Thaksin’s passport case is not his responsibility.
Today, Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said before leaving for Cambodia, that he will not negotiate with Cambodia regarding fugitive ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra holding a Cambodian passport.
Prawit claimed that Thaksin’s passport case is the responsibility of the Foreign Ministry and he will focus on the Thai-Cambodian border issue.
As for the recent explosion in the Deep South, he said he has not discussed the insurgency with the army chief yet, adding that the Internal Security Operations Command will carry out an investigation.
TAN Network/ April 28, 2009