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11 December 2010 :: 12:12:11 pm 47519

Thai Foreign Minister: US won’t issue visa to fugitive ex-premier Thaksin

BANGKOK, Dec 11 -- The US government has stood firm for a long time that it will not issue a visa to ousted, fugitive former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Thai Foreign Affairs Minister Kasit Piromya asserted Saturday.
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Speaking to TNA in a telephone interview, Mr Kasit  that it is not true that the Thai government has lobbied Washington to not issue a visa to Mr Thaksin. He said the stance of the US and the European Union remain unchanged on not allowing Mr Thaksin to enter their countries.

The countries know well that Mr Thaksin is now evading a two-year prison term in Thailand, Mr Kasit said.

Noppadol Pattama, Mr Thaksin’s legal adviser, said earlier that the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), also known as the US Helsinki Commission, invited Mr Thaksin to testify at the hearing of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) in Washington Dec 16 to testify on alleged human rights violations during Thailand’s political disruptions from March to mid-May this year. The protests led to as many as 91 deaths and more than 1,900 injuries.

MrThaksin will also be invited to present information on the insurgency in Thailand’s three southern border provinces, and alleged violations of free speech due to the enforcement of the ongoing state of emergency.

In 2008, Mr Thaksin, who was toppled in a bloodless coup in September 2006, was sentenced in absentia to two years in jail for abusing power to facilitate a land purchase deal in Bangkok by his then wife from the Thai state.


“We knew from the very beginning that Mr Thaksin can’t visit the US,” Mr Kasit said, adding that the decision was made by the US government and that Thailand did not make any attempt to lobby.

He said it was unfair that American lawyer Robert Amsterdam for Mr Thaksin had told international courts and political parties  that the Thai government and judicial system were treating his client unfairly instead of telling them that the ex-prime minister is eluding a jail sentence in the kingdom.

Asked whether the Thai ambassador to the US would be present to provide testimony to CSCE next week, Mr Kasit said normally the Thai embassy issue information to the American authorities.

However, members of the US Senate and House of Representatives who do not know the facts about Mr Thaksin will be briefed that he is now evading a jail term in Thailand. (MCOT online news)

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