Thursday, August 16, 2007

Thaksin Wanted

In the early days, before Thaksin entered his pompus ruler of Thailand for all eternity phase, he fancied himself some sort of cowboy outlaw. Well give the man an official Chok Chai Farms cowboy hat because now he really is an outlaw.

Thailand prepares to seek extradition of former premier Thaksin

Thailand will seek the extradition of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra after he failed to appear in a Bangkok court to face corruption charges, Thai officials said Wednesday.

A Thai judge issued arrest warrants for Thaksin — who served as prime minister 2001-2006 — and his wife Pojamarn on Tuesday after they failed to show up for the first formal session of their trial.

Thaksin has been living in exile since he was overthrown in a bloodless coup in September last year. Pojamarn has been traveling in and out of Thailand since the coup. They currently live in England, according to their lawyer, Pichit Chaenban.

State prosecutor Seksan Bangsomboon said his office was working with the Thai police and Foreign Ministry to secure the couple's extradition.

"We will do everything in our power to get the two of them to face charges in Thailand," said Seksan.