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15 February 2009 :: 23:02:33 pm 39097

Deputy Pm Sanan to Thaksin: Come Home to Fight Court Cases

NONTHABURI, Feb 15 -- Deputy Prime Minister Maj-Gen. Sanan Kajornprasart on Sunday urged former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to stop his telephone campaign games with his supporters and to return to Thailand to carry out his fight in his country‘s courts.
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Mr. Thaksin’s telephoning of especially-gathered ‘Red Shirt’ audiences from his pool of the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) supporters will never end the problem, Gen. Sanan said.

“If he (Mr. Thaksin) wants to come back here, he can come anytime to fight court cases under the legal framework,” the deputy prime minister. also the chief adviser of the Chart Thai Pattana Party said. “But he should not phone in to incite his supporters.”

Mr. Thaksin on Valentine’s Day telephoned a UDD fund-raising event at a Buddhist temple in suburban Bangkok, reiterating his oft-repeated claims that he is being politically persecuted and cannot return home because Thailand’s courts are stacked against him, and that because of this bias he cannot have a fair trial.

Gen. Sanan encouraged the ousted, convicted former premier to return to Thailand to resolve the convictions issue for his own sake, and for the well-being of the country, and to cease his telephone-assisted rallies.

Meanwhile, Deputy Interior Minister Thaworn Senneam urged the public to ignore Mr. Thaksin’s phone calls, stating that he felt the calls were intended to intensify social divisions in the country and the instability of the government.

Mr. Thaworn however expressed his belief that Mr. Thaksin’s phone calls to his supporters would not lead the public to pity the ousted premier, instead will erode his base of support.

Commenting on the planned large-scale United Front protest in 10 days time, when the Red Shirts intend to march on Government House during the February 24 Cabinet meeting, demanding that the coalition government resign, Mr. Thaworn said he believed no violence would occur. Security will be tightened and police are prepared to avoid clashes. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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