Montenegro to act against Thaksin if Interpol wanted: Thai FM

22:52, August 30, 2010      

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Montenegro informed Thailand it will take legal action against Thailand's convicted ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra if Interpol put him on its wanted list, Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said Monday.

Local media, The Nation online, quoted Kasit as saying that Montenegro Foreign Minister Milan Rocen had, in his letters, said twice that the action against Thaksin by Montenegro will depend on whether the Interpol puts Thaksin on its wanted list.

Rocen was responding to Kasit's two letters in which Kasit informed Rocen about the political situation in Thailand as well as the Thai court's verdicts against Thaksin, to whom Montenegro has given citizenship.

So far the Interpol has not yet identified Thaksin as the wanted, said The Nation.

According to the report, Rocen also explained in his letters that the granting of citizenship and passport to Thaksin is based on his government's policies on those who invested in the country - - Thaksin invested in a hotel business in Budva city of Montenegro.

Thaksin, the former prime minister who was toppled in 2006 by a bloodless military coup, was sentenced in absentia in 2008 to two years in jail under the charge of conflict of interests.

A Thai court on May 25 also issued a warrant against Thaksin on terrorism charges connected with the violent clashes between the anti-government red-shirts and the security forces in April and May, claiming that the ex-premier helped mastermind and fund the protest by red-shirts, many of whom are supporters of him.

Source: Xinhua


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