02 Dec '11, 3am

Thailand to issue Thaksin passport

Thailand to issue Thaksin passport

BANGKOK: Thailand will "very soon" issue a passport for its fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the country's foreign minister said Friday. Thaksin, who remains a hugely divisive figure, was deposed by the army in 2006 and lives in self-imposed exile overseas to avoid prison on a conviction for corruption that he contends is politically motivated. He was stripped of his passport by the previous Thai government but received citizenship from Montenegro last year, allowing him to travel internationally. His sister Yingluck is now premier after a resounding election victory by his party earlier this year, in the wake of mass opposition protests in 2010 by Thaksin's "Red Shirt" supporters which ended with a bloody army crackdown. "When Thaksin's passport was cancelled, there was no order from the courts or the police to seize it," Foreign Minister Surapong Tovich...

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