Thai FM to proceed with Thaksin's diplomatic passport revocation

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Thu, 08/14/2008 - 09:48

Thai FM to proceed with Thaksin's diplomatic passport revocation

Wednesday that his ministry will issue an official statement in response to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's criticism of the Thai judicial system and to proceed with the revocation of the former leader's diplomatic passport.

Mr. Tej said concerned officials had submitted a letter to the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions to confirm ithas issued arrest warrants for ousted prime minister Thaksin and his wife.

After this, the ministry might proceed with revoking Mr. Thaksin'sdiplomatic passport.

The Department of Consular Affairs and Department of Treaties and Legal Affairs will confer on the regulations and propose it to the Ministry's Permanent Secretary to consider further action. After receivingconfirmation, the ministry would then notify the British government.

The foreign minister said, however, that Mr. Thaksin was entitled to holdan ordinary Thai passport, and the same for his wife and three children.

On the possibility of extraditing Mr. Thaksin to Thailand, Mr. Tej said the British government has strict procedures under the British judicial system. This could be complex and time consuming and it was hard toestimate the timeframe of such legal action.

On Mr. Thaksin's criticism of Thai justice, Mr. Tej reiterated the fairness of the Thai judicial system and the actions the court has taken in response to the former prime minister's cases, while adding his ministry would release an official statement regarding Mr. Thaksin in thenext several days.