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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 110

Thai court to issue arrest warrants against ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Pojaman

Bangkok, 18 September, ( Thailand's Supreme Court Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions postponed its verdict on ousted fugitive prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Pojaman on purchasing a plot of prime Bangkok land which violated the country's Constitution, and anounced of issuing new arrest warrants for the couple.

Chief Justice Thonglor Chom-ngarm told the court on Wednesday that the two defendants had failed to appear in court to hear the verdict and the court, therefore, must issue arrest warrants for the couple so that they could be present to hear the verdict read at a later date.

The judges unanimously acted to postpone the reading of the verdict until 21 October.

The Thai Police will have to seek the couple, now living in Britain, but Thailand will not seek extradition because the litigation could last well over 20 long years.

The ex-prime minister jumped bail and fled to Britain directly from Beijing after attending the opening ceremony of Olympic Games in early August.

The couple were charged with purchasing the property at the questionably low price of Bt772 million from the Bank of Thailand's Financial Institutions Development Fund (FIDF) in 2003 while he was holding office as Prime Minister , which was against the Constitution.

Ousted in a Sept 19, 2006 in a military bloodless coup for alleged corruption and abuse of power, but Mr. Thaksin and his wife have denied any wrongdoing.

- Asian Tribune -

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