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Thailand to sign extradition treaty with UAE to capture Thaksin
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21:04, April 27, 2009

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Thailand's Foreign Ministry was studying a draft extradition treaty received from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and planned to co-sign it as the UAE also wanted Thailand to extradite some of its nationals, who have been detained in Thailand, Panich Vikitsreth, an assistant to the Foreign Minister said Monday.

Panich and Deputy Commerce Minister Alongkorn Ponlaboot traveled to the UAE earlier this month and met with senior officials of the UAE's foreign ministry, the Thai News Agency reported.

They reportedly conveyed the Thai government's concerns regarding convicted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who had reportedly used Dubai as his base in attacking the Thai government.

The Thai government would closely watch if Thaksin enters the UAE again, while Thailand's relations with the UAE are "very warm," Panich said.

Meanwhile, Panich said he did not know how many countries had issued passports to Thaksin, but that he had only heard that "a country in the central America" had given a special passport to him on April 15.

The Thai Foreign Ministry had already revoked both of Thaksin's diplomatic and ordinary passports in an attempt to capture him.

Thaksin was ousted by the military coup in September 2006 in accusation of corruption, keeping him in exile since then. Thaksin returned to Thailand in February 2008, to face corruption charges, but he later fled into exile again and was convicted in absentia.

Source: Xinhua

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