Former Thai premier to leave country after court hearing

March 6th, 2008 - 6:11 pm ICT by admin  

Bangkok, March 6 (Xinhua) Thailand’s ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra said Thursday he would request the country’s Supreme Court to grant him permission to visit Britain after the first hearing of his case March 12. The online portal of the Bangkok Post quoted Thaksin as saying that he has to go back to Britain to take care of his Manchester City business.

He said he would travel to Britain March 13, a day after he is scheduled to appear at the court to attend the first hearing.

On March 12, the Supreme Court will hold the first hearing with Thaksin and his wife as defendants, who face corruption and conflict of interest charges in the purchase of a plot in downtown Bangkok in 2003.

“I will go to England March 13,” Thaksin told reporters.

He said since his return to Thailand Feb 28, he spent most of his time preparing for the court battle.

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