The Prime Minister has lodged an official request to the Pacific island country of Fiji to extradite fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva told the press after the cabinet meeting today that the cabinet had not discussed over Mr Thaksin’s use of a cover-up name to enter Fiji as reported in an Australian newspaper. He noted, however, that the self-exiled former prime minister did employ his real name upon his recent stopover in Malaysia before departing for the island nation.
Mr Abhisit informed that Fiji was a part of the Commonwealth of the United Kingdom, which had an extradition treaty with Thailand; thus cooperation from the island country had been sought in order to bring back the ex-premier.
PM plans to extradite Thaksin from Fiji
The government is liaising with the Fijian authorities to extradite fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra back to Thailand, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Thursday.
“The government is checking if Fiji has the same extradition law as England,” Mr Abhisit said
According to Pacnews in Fiji, Thaksin met Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama earlier this week and proposed a US$280 million investment package in return for being offered asylum.
The ousted premier was believed to have departed for Tonga on Tuesday on his private jet…..more
Published: 9/07/2009 at 04:13 PM