From Thursday April 23, 2009, international medias have reported in series [First reported by Monrovia daily “Liberian Observer” in its section Business] the private four-day visit (April 20-23) to Monrovia,
capital of the Liberia in West Africa, of the convicted ex-Thai Prime Minister, Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra, 59, during which he held talks with the Chairman of the National Investment Commission of Liberia (NIC), Dr. Richard V. Tolbert, over possible investment in local mining sector.
The event would normally had nothing to do with Montenegro, if the fugitive ex-Prime Minister — on INTERPOL wanted list since the mid-April — had not presented on his arrival at Monrovia airport, a Montenegrin passport numbered I38kd3695. Until this date, he was reported using a Nicaraguan diplomatic passport issued to him in January 2009 by Managua’s Foreign Ministry, upon special decision of President José Daniel Ortega, as “Nicaraguan Ambassador on special mission” to bring investment to the country.
On Thursday May 7, 2009 Mrs. Vanja Ãaloviã, Executive Director of the Network for Affirmation of the Non-Governmental Sector (MANS) by means of a press release published the day after in Podgorica daily “Pobjeda”, the Network for Affirmation of the Non
Governmental Sector (MANS) formally requested on the basis of the Law on Free Access to Information (Official Gazette of the Republic of Montenegro, n° 68/05), “the decision by which Thaksin obtained the Montenegrin citizenship from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Public Administration, as well as all documents on the basis of which this decision was reached” — as can be read in the text signed by Mrs. Vanja Ćalović, MANS Executive Director and Montenegro’s most popular public person for many years according to CEDEM’s opinion polls. Lastly, on April 19 this year, H.E. Mr. Leopold Maurer, Ambassador and Head of the European Commission’s Delegation to Montenegro, congratulated MANS for its remarkable initiatives in organising anti-corruption events in Montenegro.
Today, this Friday May 8, 2009, on the occasion of his press conference announcing tomorrow’s festivities on Europe Day 2009, Ambassador Maurer declared in reply to a direct question by a journalist present, “I do not yet know whether this case (the affair “Thaksin”) will affect the liberalisation of visa regime for Montenegro.” Following him, Mr. Nebojša Medojević, President of the “Movement for Changes” (PzP), added in a free style that is his alone, “the Nation must have now to choose between two models, the ‘United Montenegrin Emirates’ or the European and democratic Montenegro…”
Since the beginning of the affair, H.E. Mr. Jusuf Kalamperović, Montenegrin Minister of Interior Affairs and Public Administration, is to the “absent subscribers”, leaving in the front line his deputy, Mr. Osman Subašić, to face questions from incredulous Montenegrin and international public opinion.
Apart in Montenegro, Montenegrin passports can only be delivered in the consular posts in New York, N.Y., USA and in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Montenegro became the 185th member countries of INTERPOL during the 75th General Assembly of the organisation, which was held on September 19-22, 2006 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Today, this Wednesday May 13, 2009, Mr. Noppadon Pattama, former Thai Foreign Minister [Noppadon resigned on July 10, 2008 (effective on July 14), after being accused of violating the Thai Constitution when he signed a joint communique with Cambodia to promote the listing of controversial Preah Vihear Hindu Temple as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. ] and Thaksin’s legal adviser since November 2006, confirmed that “Thaksin is bidding to purchase Sveti Nikola Island near Budva since he has seen the potential that the island could be developed into a tourist destination.”
Since February 16 this year, an area of 37,073 m² of Sveti Nikola Island — which is also known as “Hawaii”, a popular excursion and beach site located opposite to the old town of Budva, one of Montenegro’s most attractive spots — has been on sale, together with its existing tourist facilities, by the First Bank of Montenegro (Prva Banka Crne Gore AD) after its owner, the Swiss-based Serbian businessman Mr. Stanko Subotic, defaulted on his loan and notified the Bank to sell the collateral as he could no longer meet his obligations.
The day before, the Thai Foreign Minister, H.E. Mr. Kasit Piromya, ordered country’s Embassies in Hungary, China and the Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations in New York to make investigations about the Montenegrin passport issued to Thaksin. Thailand and Montenegro established diplomatic relations on June 6, 2007, and currently the country’s Ambassador in Budapest is accredited to represent Thailand’s interests in Montenegro.
For its part, the Montenegrin Ministry for Foreign Affairs confirmed that Thaksin’s passport was not issued by the consular post in New York, N.Y., USA, nor by the one in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Today, this Monday May 25, 2009, by means of press release, Mrs. Vanja Ćalović, Executive Director of the Network for Affirmation of the Non-Governmental Sector (MANS), announced she will delivered tomorrow to the Administrative Court a complaint against the Ministry of Interior Affairs and Public Administration for flagrant violations of the Law on Free Access to Information, after had remained unfulfilled her request for information pertaining to the way by which the fugitive ex-Prime Minister Thaksin was granted the Montenegrin citizenship, as well as where and when a biometric passport has been issued to him.
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