Deputy Interior Minister Thaworn Senneam on Tuesday questioned the credibility of fugitive ex-premier Shinawatra Thaksin who claimed to have received VIP protection during a one-night transit in Malaysia last week.
“Thaksin is known for saying something but doing differently,” he said in reaction Thaksin’s account of his stop-over in Kuala Lumpur.
In his Monday’s phone-in to an Udon Thani radio show,Thaksin boasted that Malaysian authorites dispatched a security detail of 15 Special Branch police officers for his protection.
Thaworn countered he believed Malaysia had irked by Thaksin’s presence due to the existence of a bilateral agreement on extradition.
“Thaksin’s boasting has just caused an embarrassment to the Malaysian authorities who are obligated to send him back,” he said.
Malaysia is now fully aware that Thai police, public prosecutors, courts and Corrections Department want to extradite Thaksin, he added.
FUGITIVE EX-PM: Special security protection for me in Malaysia
Fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra confirmed yesterday that he had stayed overnight in Malaysia and had been provided with special-branch police security.
“My private jet stopped for refuelling in Malaysia and they sent 20 special-branch policemen to guard me. They love and care about me,” Thaksin said in a phone-in to FM 97.5 Udon Lovers community radio station yesterday morning.
This is the first time that Thaksin has been so close to Thailand since he fled last year.
Thai authorities had said earlier that Thaksin was in Malaysia on July 4 and had left the next day for Fiji before Thai police could take action. Thaksin ended his island hopping in the South Pacific and flew back to Dubai last Friday…. (more)
Malaysian police deny presence of Thaksin in Malaysia
Malaysian police have denied that former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra had appeared in Malaysia and then left, according to a local newspaper on Tuesday.
Malaysian Police Inspector-General Musa Hassan denied that the Thai authorities had informed Malaysian police about the presence of Thaksin in the country, according to the New Straits Times.
Thai Deputy Interior Minister Thaworn Sennian reportedly claimed on Monday that Thaksin was spotted in Malaysia, but escaped before the Malaysian authorities could arrest him.
Thaworn also claimed that Thai embassy officials had informed the Malaysian authorities about Thaksin’s presence but Thaksin had managed to escape.
CHINA ECONOMIC.NET / updated 2009-07-07
Malaysia says it will allow Thaksin to transit
Posted: 12 November 2008 1231 hrs
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will not object to former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra travelling through its territory, but any request for asylum will have to be evaluated, Foreign Minister Rais Yatim has said.
“It would be all right for Thaksin if he wants to pass through Malaysia. However, if he wants to stay here, then the matter would have to be looked into,” he said in comments reported Wednesday that were confirmed by his aides.
However, Rais did not say whether any request for transit or asylum had been received. …(more)
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