The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has lodged an official request to the Pacific island country of Fiji to extradite fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Chavanond Intarakomalyasut, said the ministry was preparing to seek cooperation from Fiji in extraditing Mr Thaksin after Deputy Interior Minister Thaworn Senneam confirmed that the self-exiled former prime minister had escaped his arrest in Malaysia and fled to the island nation.
Mr Chavanond pointed out that Fiji was a part of the Commonwealth of the United Kingdom and thus had an extradition treaty with Thailand, which will enable diplomatic cooperation between the 2 countries in bringing back the ex-premier.
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Ousted Thai PM visits Fiji
Pacnews news service has reported that sources have said Mr Thaksin and his entourage arrived in Fiji on a private jet on Monday.
Mr Thaksin is wanted in Thailand to answer corruption charges.
He reportedly met with Fiji’s Interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama as well as other local government officials including investment authorities.
Details of the talks were not disclosed.
According to Pacnews, Mr Thaksin departed aboard his private plane from his temporary base of Dubai and stopped for refuelling in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, before arriving in Fiji.
He stayed overnight in Fiji and departed for Tonga on Tuesday.
Wanted Thai ex-PM visits Suva to meet regime
Reports from Fiji say the ousted Thai prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, has been in Fiji amid speculation that he is seeking safety in a country with no extradition treaty with Thailand.
The former Thai politician, whose Thai passport has been cancelled, is wanted in Bangkok to answer corruption charges.
Pacnews says he met the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, on Monday after arriving in his private jet from Dubai via Malaysia where, according to the Bangkok Post, he narrowly escaped arrest.
Thaksin reportedly spent a day in Suva before flying to Tonga yesterday.
There has been no comment from Fiji’s interim government about the outcome of the talks.
Pacnews says there has been a suggestion that Thaksin may have offered a substantial investment in return for a right to add Fiji to the places he can stay.