Where will the ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra go next?

November 12th, 2008 - 3:45 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Thaksin ShinawatraBritain’s decision to revoke the visas of ousted the former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife but will not affect the bilateral relations between Thailand and Britain. Since, it is considered as a normal diplomatic practice. Former foreign affairs minister Tej Bunnag said the Thai premier and his wife had left for China. So far, five countries in the Atlantic and in Africa have offered asylum and advisory positions to the former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Meanwhile, the Bahamas Prime Minister who was earlier reported by the media thave urged to offer Thaksin honorary citizenship, has also declared to help Thaksin in every way.

Thailand’s Foreign Ministry also said that Britain had an entry ban against Thaksin and his wife Pojaman.

Thaksin was sentenced for being an absentia last month to two years’ jail for conflict of interest, after helping his wife to buy a state-owned land while he was a prime minister.

A major reason for the British government decision which is still unclear but there appears to be a number of countries willing to take in the multimillionaire, who was overthrown in a coup in September 2006.

In the local newspaper, ” The Nation newspaper quoted an unnamed source from the PPP as saying Thaksin was building a 300 million baht (S$12million) mansion in China where he and his wife might take up residence if Britain was indeed off the cards.”

Thaksin who have spent most of his time in Brtain after the coup, where he brought and subsequently sold Manchester City football club. Returned to Thailand in February this year, and fled again in August, where his wife, Pojaman was sentenced to three years in jail for tax evasion.

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