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23 May 2009 :: 16:05:34 pm 36954

“Prisoner Swap” With UAE Unlikely To Net Thaksin: Foreign Ministry

BANGKOK, May 23- Thailand may not be able to apply a prisoner exchange principle with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to get ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra back for prosecution in Thailand as the principle only applies to similar cases, according to Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman Tharit Jarungwat.
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Mr. Tharit said prisoner exchanges can be done on a reciprocal basis between countries which have no extradition treaties given that the prisoners are serving jail terms on similar offences.

The ministry spokesman noted the principle was unlikely to be applied regarding an exchange of Mr. Thaksin and a Briton recently arrested in Bangkok for alleged embezzlement who is wanted in the UAE, reasoning that the cases involved different offences.

Thai police on Thursday arrested a British man in the Thai capital for allegedly embezzling US$154 million from a Dubai company. He is being held at the Criminal Court pending extradition.

However, Mr. Tharit said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had earlier submitted an extradition request to the UAE through diplomatic channels to facilitate the forced repatriation of Mr. Thaksin.

Ousted in a September 2006 coup d’etat, Mr. Thaksin, now lives in self-imposed exile overseas, and is believed to be in the UAE.

Mr. Thaksin was earlier convicted and given a two-year jail term after he was found guilty of manipulative involvement in a Ratchadapisek land deal.

The ex-premier reportedly spends most of his time in Dubai after his visa status was rejected by the United Kingdom.

Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had revoked both his diplomatic and ordinary passports in an attempt to capture him.

Puea Thai MP Chalerm Yoobamrung, who recently visited Mr. Thaksin in Dubai, said Thaksin carried about six to eight passports issued by foreign countries. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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