Following a claim that fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra was given special treatment by Malaysian police while he was in Kuala Lumpur recently, the national police of Malaysia insisted that Thaksin has not entered the country and the police did not provide any protection to the ousted premier.
The Malaysian website called ‘The Star dot com’ reported that Tan Sri Musa Hussien, a senior police officer of Malaysia stated that the fugitive ex-premier, Thaksin Shinawatra has never entered the country and said that the Malaysian authorities did not provide him with any VIP protection. This is in responding to the fact that Thailand’s Deputy Interior Minister, Thaworn Senneam, said earlier that Thaksin had narrowly escaped the Malaysian police.
The Malaysian police official also added that officials from the Thai embassy have asked Malaysian authorities to arrest Thaksin and extradite him. Consequently, the Malaysian police have checked every hotel and immigration records, but found no proof that the ex-premier had come to Malaysia.
Reports in ‘The Nation’ newspaper in Thailand reveal that Thaksin boasted during his phone-in that he had visited Malaysia on July 4, traveling by private jet and claimed that he received full protection the whole time he was there.
‘The Gulf Time’ website of Qartar has also quoted Thaksin’s interview with the media in which he stated that he had received protection from Malaysian police officials as well. The ex-premier reportedly had a stop-over in Malaysia on July 4, before traveling to the Pacific Country of Fiji the following day, and returned to Dubai on Friday, July 10.
Thaksin was never here: KL’s top cop
By The Star, Asia News Network, Kuala Lumpur
Published on July 16, 2009
Fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra was never in Malaysia nor was he given protection by the Special Branch as he has claimed, Malaysia’s Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said.
Musa said Malaysian police had no knowledge of any visit by Thaksin, despite earlier reports quoting Deputy Interior Minister Thaworn Senneam as saying Thaksin had been spotted in Malaysia recently but left the country before he could be arrested by local authorities.
Thaworn said Thai embassy officials had informed the Malaysian authorities to seek Thaksin’s arrest and extradition.
But Musa said: “We were only alerted by the Thai embassy here of the fugitive’s supposed presence early this month fol-lowing a news report in Bangkok.
“As far as we are concerned, he was never in the country and we did not send 20 Special Branch officers to protect him. We have checked with local hotels, Immigration and other sources, and there is no evidence to show he was ever here.”
Thaksin told a community radio station in Udon Thani that his private jet stopped in Kuala Lumpur on July 4 for refuelling and that 20 Special Branch officers were sent to protect him. “They love and care about me,” Thaksin said.
Musa was responding to a report in The Nation on Tuesday.
THE GULF TIME– Thaksin claims he got police escort in Malaysia