No problem if Thaksin returns, PM says

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THAILAND- Abhisit Vejjajiva said the government would not stop Thaksin from entering the country, but, as a fugitive, the former leader must first come under the judicial process.

“There is no problem. He is not prohibited from entering the country. After his entry, he will have to come under Thai law,” the PM said.

In 2008, the Supreme Court sentenced Thaksin – who had fled overseas in self-imposed exile – to two years’ jail for a conflict of interest over a land scandal involving his ex-wife while he was in power. Thaksin has claimed that the verdict was politically motivated.

On Friday, Thaksin phoned in to a Pheu Thai Party meeting and predicted he would be back in Thailand by the end of this year. It was his first public call to the party – widely regarded as his proxy – since the Army dispersed an anti-government demonstration in central Bangkok on May 19.



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