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October 6, 2008

Fugitive Thai PM, wife seek asylum in UK
Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Pojaman have both sought political asylum in Britain, reported a UK newspaper.

The Daily Mirror reported on its website Monday that the Home Office has confirmed the ex-Thailand Prime Minister, 59, and his wife having applied to stay.

They arrived in the UK in August after skipping a Bangkok court hearing, prompting Thai officials to issue arrest warrants.

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Thaksin, who last month sold the Premier League to an Abu Dhabi group for 210million pounds, was ousted from power in a military coup in 2006.

He faces probes over alleged corruption and abuse of power. In July his wife was sentenced to three years for evading taxes. Thaksin, who denies any wrongdoing, has said he feels he cannot get a fair trial in Thailand and fears for his life.

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