THAILAND – Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra said in a television interview that Interpol would not execute a Thai warrant for his arrest on terrorism charges because it was politically motivated.
He told Australian Broadcasting Corp by telephone late Wednesday that he had never supported violent protest.
“Interpol have their own criteria to judge, that is, to not be politically motivated. This is clearly politically motivated and there is no ground,” he added.
Thaksin said Interpol, the Paris-based international police intelligence-sharing association, would not act on such a groundless and politically motivated warrant.
An Interpol official was not immediately available for comment on Thursday.
The Thai Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Thaksin on terrorism charges for allegedly involving in the red protests in Bangkok that left 88 people dead.
“In my mind, I always advocate … peaceful protest,” he said. “Thailand needs reconciliation.”
He described the burning of buildings blamed on his supporters as a “set up.”