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Govt firm on Thaksin extradition request

Govt firm on Thaksin extradition request

THE government has again said it would refuse to extradite fugitive former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in the event he travelled to Cambodia, as Bangkok announced it would send warrants for Thaksin’s arrest to police in 187 countries.

“I would say that we are too lazy to answer to Thailand because we have said many times already that we would not extradite Thaksin,” Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said Wednesday, after meeting with his visiting Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa.

Having been appointed an economic adviser to the government in October, Thaksin can travel to Cambodia, Hor Namhong said, though he added that he knew of no immediate plans for a visit.

Thaksin made a series of visits to Cambodia late last year, fuelling a prolonged diplomatic standoff with Bangkok.

Thani Thongphakdi, deputy spokesman of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Tuesday that police were in the process of informing Interpol about the warrant for Thaksin, after which it would be sent to Interpol member countries. “Thai police are currently in the process of preparing the necessary paperwork to inform Interpol,” he said.

Meanwhile, Cambodia has issued a statement rejecting a claim allegedly broadcast Monday by a Thai military commander that antigovernment Red Shirt protesters who clashed with police in Bangkok last month used Cambodia as a base for their activities.

“The Kingdom of Cambodia shall not invade any country, nor interfere in any other country’s internal affairs, directly or indirectly,” the statement said.

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