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21 August 2008 :: 13:08:59 pm 28383

PAD Demands Foreign Ministry Revoke All Thaksin Passports

BANGKOK, Aug 21 - Hundreds of demonstrators led by the anti-Thaksin coalition marched to Thailand‘s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thursday morning to pressure the ministry to revoke both the diplomatic passport and the regular passport of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as he has fled to London and is reportedly seeking political asylum in Britain.
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About 150 police placed barricades in front of the ministry’s main entrances but workers and visitors were able to access the ministry.

All five core leaders of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), a coalition of anti-Thaksin groups — Sondhi Limthongkul, Chamlong Srimuang, Pipop Thongchai, Somkiat Pongpiboon and Somsak Kosaisuk — led the demonstrators to rally peacefully at the ministry.

Mr. Somsak lambasted Foreign Minister Tej Bunnag for not instructing the Thai embassy in London to revoke the ex-premier’s diplomatic passport and block his attempt to seek political asylum there.

On Wednesday, thousands of PAD supporters marched to the British embassy, demanding that London deny political asylum to Mr. Thaksin and allow his extradition so he can stand trial over charges of corruption and abuse of power at home. Mr. Thaksin skipped bail on August 11 in the Bangkok land purchase case and went into exile in the UK, accusing his political opponents (who removed him in the 2006 coup) of interfering in the judicial system and denying him a fair trial.

Thai prosecutors are considering the possibility of asking for the ex-premier’s extradition under the Siamese-British Treaty of 1911, the process which is likely to be lengthy and complicated.

The telecoms billionaire-turned-politician owns U.K. football club Manchester City and several estates in England. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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