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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2584

Ousted Thai PM Thakshin’s speech expected to create a furore in Thailand

Bangkok, 01 November, (Asiantribune.com): Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Phone in speech today is expected to create a furore in Thailand. In the meantime newspaper reports reveal that Thakshin has changed his plan of phone in speech to a pre-recorded message to tens of thousands of his supporters expected to show up today at Bangkok's Rajamangala Stadium. Thaksin Shinawatra planned to phone in from overseas for a live speech to his audience. However, this was reportedly cancelled out of fear of worsening the political situation. Thaksin Shinawatra planned to phone in from overseas for a live speech to his audience. However, this was reportedly cancelled out of fear of worsening the political situation.

Previously, Thaksin planned to phone in from overseas for a live speech to his audience. However, this was reportedly cancelled out of fear of worsening the political situation.

Despite reports to the contrary, People Power Party MP and event organizer Jatuporn Prompan said Thaksin's phone-in plans remained unchanged and he would address his supporters at 8pm today.

"Thaksin is free to speak out and will not be restricted by topics and time constraints," Jatuporn said.

Veera Musikapong, one of the major organisers of today’s gathering and staunch supporter of Thaksin, said he expected about 100,000 people would attend the gathering which is aimed at "demanding democracy by peaceful means."

Thailand’s Army chief General Anupong Paochinda has ordered close monitoring of the situation with the aim of preventing the opposing factions from clashing, said Army spokesman Colonel Sansern Kaewkamnoed.

On concerns by military chiefs that Thaksin's telephone call could rapidly deteriorate Thailand's political crisis Saturday, Veera said he personally believed Thailand could become more democratic.

The Supreme Court earlier this month sentenced Thaksin to two years imprisonment for violating the anti-corruption law over his wife Pojaman's purchase of land in Bangkok from the Bank of Thailand's Financial Institutions Development Fund. Mrs. Pojaman was earlier sentenced to three years in jail in another tax evasion case.

Supreme Court president Virat Limvichai expressed concern at the planned phone-in by Thaksin, saying that the convicted prime minister would face a maximum imprisonment of seven years or a fine of Bt14,000 or both in absentia if Thaksin made the speech considered as contempt of the Thai judicial system.

Abhisit Vejjajiva, leader of the opposition Democrat Party, said that the current political problems in Thailand could ease if Thaksin accepted his guilt and the court's verdict.

- Asian Tribune -

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