Bangkok, Thailand (CNN) — A Thai court issued a warrant Tuesday against the country’s ousted prime minister on terrorism charges connected with the violent clashes that crippled Bangkok for weeks, the former prime minister’s lawyer said.
Thai investigators claimed former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a bloodless military coup in 2006, helped mastermind and fund the anti-government Red Shirt protests, according to Thailand’s state news agency.
Thaksin’s attorney issued a statement claiming the charges showed that the current government, led by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, lacked legitimacy.
“The military-backed Abhisit regime has perverted justice through the laying of a charge that violates logic, law and any claim of hopes for reconciliation,” said attorney Robert Amsterdam.
From his self-imposed exile abroad to avoid a trial on corruption charges, Thaksin said last week that he was not the leader of the United Front for Democracy, the formal name of the Red Shirt opposition, and that their movement calling for new elections was not on his behalf.