Friday, April 30, 2010

Thaksin on the move again

Source: Straits Time

MONDAY: Former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who holds a Montenegro passport, standing next to the country's national flag in Montenegro.

FORMER Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra was in Moscow a day after he told reporters in Montenegro that he was in contact with the protesters in Thailand and defended their cause, a picture obtained from his Facebook page showed.

The fugitive former premier, who was ousted in a 2006 coup, has been living abroad, mostly in Dubai, to avoid a two-year jail term for corruption.

He holds a Montenegro passport and arrived in the Adriatic republic last weekend to hold talks on possible investments in the country. He also holds a Nicaraguan passport.

Thaksin has been travelling often since his ouster. The former telecoms tycoon has made trips to Cambodia after Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen appointed him as an economic adviser last November.

He is also reported to have travelled to China, Russia, Hong Kong, Nicaragua, Swaziland, Britain, Germany, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland, among others.

He keeps in touch with his followers on Twitter and sometimes addresses their rallies via video link. A court seized US$1.4 billion (S$1.9 billion) of his fortune on Feb 26, two weeks before the round-the-clock rallies began.


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