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Thailand to circulate arrest warrant to 187 countries to capture ex-PM

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In another attempt to bring Thailand’s ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to justice, the Department of Special Investigation will circulate copies of his arrest warrant on terrorism charges around the world.

The DSI’s foreign division will give copies of the warrant to 187 Interpol member countries asking them to help capture Thaksin, DSI chief Tharit Pengdit said.

The DSI will also ask the Office of the Attorney-General to proceed with extradition requests to countries in which Thaksin has been living since his self-imposed exile.

The Foreign Ministry will also circulate the documents through diplomatic channels.

So far, the government has failed to have Thaksin extradited from a number of countries, including Cambodia.

Thaksin apparently has a residence in Dubai and holds Montenegrin citizenship, but both countries have ignored Thai requests to take him into custody.

Meanwhile, a lower court earlier approved arrest warrants for 13 men for their alleged torching of the Maleenont Building, which houses Channel 3, on May 19.

The suspects, aged 30-50, were seen in media and security footage taking part in the arson attack but not identified by name.

AsiaOne


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