Thaksin says he is unlikely to return to Thailand in near future

 International Herald Tribune

The Associated Press

Published: September 4, 2007

LONDON: Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is unlikely to return to Thailand in the near future because he fears for his safety, a statement said.

A day after a Thai court issued a new set of arrest warrants for him and his wife, Thaksin’s public relations company said the exiled former leader was innocent of any crime.

“This is another politically motivated attack on the reputation of Dr. Thaksin and his family,” the Bell Pottinger Group said in the e-mail statement Tuesday. “Dr. Thaksin maintains his innocence and states that he is unlikely to be able to return to Thailand in the short term because of personal safety issues, his desire not be a cause of division in Thai society and the unlikelihood of a fair trial.”

Thaksin, who has been living abroad since he was ousted in a bloodless coup almost a year ago, is being sought by Thai authorities for allegedly violating stock-trading laws and on corruption-related charges.

Thaksin has always denied the allegations.

Thaksin was deposed in September 2006, after the country fell into a political crisis due to mass demonstrations demanding he step down because of alleged corruption and abuse of power.

Thaksin says he is unlikely to return to Thailand in near future – International Herald Tribune

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