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Thailand will ask Interpol to seek Thaksin arrest

Thailand will ask Interpol to seek Thaksin arrest

The Thai government said yesterday it would request Interpol's co-operation to arrest fugitive ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on terrorism charges in connection with recent deadly protests.
The request for help from the international police agency would be sent "so any country that knows of his whereabouts can notify Thailand, so Thailand can begin the extradition procedure," said deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban.
Thaksin, who was ousted in a 2006 coup and lives in self-imposed exile to avoid a jail term for corruption, said in a phone interview Wednesday that Interpol would recognise the accusations were "politically motivated." Thailand's Criminal Court approved an arrest warrant for Thaksin on Tuesday after the government accused him of inciting unrest and bankrolling the rallies by opposition "Red Shirt" protesters, many of whom seek his return to power.