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23 December 2006 :: 11:12:18 am 29791

CNS says Thaksin may return, testify in court

BANGKOK, Dec 22 - Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratkalin, chairman of Thailand‘s military Council for National Security (CNS), said here on Friday there would be no problem if ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra returned home and testified in court proceedings in cases relating to corruption and other charges.
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There is nothing to worry about if Mr. Thaksin returns home and testifies in court to defend himself against the charges he is facing, said Gen. Sonthi, also army chief. 

The system mapped out by the CNS is now in place while more people have begun to understand the overall situation, said Gen. Sonthi. 

However, he said there are three options in testifying to court, namely by written statement or in person or through teleconference and it is up to the court to decide. 

Mr. Thaksin was ousted in the military September 19 coup and is now living in self-imposed exile in China. 

Gen. Sonthi’s remarks were made after Praphan Sabsaeng, chairman of the Supreme Court’s Political Crime Section, said Thursday that prosecuting politicians for corruption-related charges would be difficult and may be impossible if the accused remain abroad. 

Mr. Prapan suggested that arrest warrants should be issued first in such cases

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Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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