In the ongoing pursuit to apprehend the former prime minister and fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra, the attorney general in charge of foreign cases has urged the Foreign Ministry to warn the government of the United Arab Emirates to be on the lookout for the ex-Prime Minister using the United Arab Emirates as a base for political movement.
Following a report that core MPs from the Pheu Thai Party will visit Thaksin Shinawatra in the United Arab Emirates, attorney general in charge of foreign cases Sirisak Tiyapan has urged the Foreign Ministry to inform the United Arab Emirates to keep a lookout for a possible breach of the agreement which allows Thaksin to stay in exile, due to the use of the UAE as a base for political movement.
Hong Kong has responded that they could not cooperate in extraditing Thaksin back to Thailand since Hong Kong and Thailand have no bilateral agreement to enable such an action.
A second possible negotiation to arrange a bilateral agreement on convict extradition between the two states is likely to be held soon.
Thaksin exploiting UAE, Foreign Ministry says
The Office of the Attorney-General yesterday called on the Foreign Ministry to remind the United Arab Emirates that ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was exploiting the country for his own political ends. The fugitive ex-premier was using the UAE as a political base, said Sirisak Tiyaphan, executive director for foreign litigation at the OAG.
Puea Thai party-list MP Chalerm Yubamrung has told the media he had visited Thaksin in Dubai for consultations as the party was looking for a new leader, he said.
This goes to show that Thaksin had violated UAE’s terms and conditions for abode which do not allow him to use the Gulf nation to pursue any political activities, said Mr Sirisak.
Thailand is trying to sign an extradition treaty with Hong Kong, a country which Thaksin was frequently visiting after fleeing Thailand to escape a jail sentence last year.
Mr Sirisak said the OAG and the ministry were planning to send officials to Hong Kong to conduct another round of negotiations on the issue. After learning about the planned treaty with Hong Kong, Thaksin decided not to enter the former British colony to avoid causing diplomatic problems between Thailand and China, which rules Hong Kong.
Bangkok Post , 24/05/2009