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Thai govt remains undecided over fugitive premier’s passport

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September 27, 2008

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Court issues 4th arrest warrant for Thaksin
Thai govt remains undecided over fugitive premier’s passport

Thailand’s Supreme Court issued a fourth arrest warrant for toppled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Friday, who recently fled Thailand to escape a string of corruption charges.

Speaking to reporters at the court, Phongthep Thepkanchana, Thaksin's personal spokesman, said the former leader, who was ousted from power in a 2006 coup, would not return to Thailand to stand trial.

“Thaksin and his family are now living in London and he will not return to face any trial in the near future,” the Associated Press quoted Phongthep as saying.

The court issued a fresh warrant Friday because Thaksin failed to report to court in an abuse of power case tied to an irregular lottery allegedly run by Thaksin, his former Cabinet and other officials.


Phongthep, one of the dozens of former Thaksin officials charged in the case, along with the other defendants who attended court Friday, were released on bail. The court set the next hearing for late December.

Thaksin's three other arrest warrants are related to separate corruption cases. The penalties in each case carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

In a related report on Thaksin, local daily the Nation quoted newly appointed foreign minister Sompong Amornwiwt as saying that it was up to Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat to make decision to revoke fugitive premier’s red passport (diplomatic passport).

Speaking to reporters after yesterday's Cabinet meeting, Somchai said Tej Bunnag, who served briefly as the former foreign minister during the Samak Sundaravej's government, has forwarded the issue to the prime minister's office.

Red passports are usually issued to the country's former foreign ministers and prime ministers. It permits them certain diplomatic privileges while travelling abroad.

The military government of Surayud Chulanont revoked Thaksin's passport but former foreign minister Noppadon Pattama reversed the decision during the Samak government.

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