23 Aug '11, 7am

Thaksin in Japan denies meddling in Thai politics

Thaksin in Japan denies meddling in Thai politics

TOKYO - Thailand's ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra said Tuesday on a visit to Japan that he had no immediate plans to go home and denied meddling in the two-week-old government run by his sister. The one-time billionaire telecom tycoon, toppled in a 2006 coup, is visiting the Asian powerhouse just a fortnight after Yingluck Shinawatra took power, in a trip his critics charge is an attempt to seek the international spotlight. Thaksin -- who is living in exile in Dubai to avoid a two-year jail term for corruption -- said he was not interfering in his sister's government, although he had helped her party with her election campaign message. "If they need any advice, they just call me," he said in one of several Tokyo press conferences and speeches. "I can give them advice. But if they don't need it, I would not be involved. "I want to relax and enjoy my life a little bit." While...

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