5 cases against Thaksin to be consolidated: Thai National Security Council

14:49, June 16, 2010      

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The Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) on Wednesday resolved at a meeting to consolidate five cases against ousted former Premier Thaksin Shinawatra to improve a chance of having him extradited to Thailand, Thawil Pliansri, secretary-general of the National Security Council (NSC), said.

Thawil's remarks were made after attending the CRES meeting, which was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister in charge of security affairs Step Thaugsuban, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Thaksin has been charged in the five cases including the Ratchadaphisek land scandal, rubber sapling case, special lottery project, Export-Import Bank's (EXIM Bank) controversial loans to Myanmar, and terrorism.

In a bid to have him extradited from exile overseas to Thailand, "the five cases will be consolidated by coordination among the Justice Ministry's Department of Special Investigation (DSI), Royal Thai Police, Office of the Attorney General (OAG), and the Foreign Ministry," he said.

On May 25, Thailand's Criminal Court approved an arrest warrant against Thaksin on the terrorism charges.

Thaksin was ousted by a military coup in September, 2006, in accusation of massive corruption, and kept 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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