Alexa

Ex-Thai prime minister safe in Montenegro, for now

  In this April 26, 2010 file photo, former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra waves as he walks out of a bank in Podgorica, Montenegro.  A Thai c...
 Montenegro's Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic attends the opening of the annual Interpol regional European conference, in the Montenegrin seaside resor...

Montenegro Thaksin

In this April 26, 2010 file photo, former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra waves as he walks out of a bank in Podgorica, Montenegro. A Thai c...

Montemegro Thailand Politics

Montenegro's Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic attends the opening of the annual Interpol regional European conference, in the Montenegrin seaside resor...

Montenegro said Tuesday that former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, accused in his home country of terrorism, won't be extradited or tried without proof or an international arrest warrant.
Thai authorities charged Thaksin this week with playing a role in the deadly Bangkok street protests of his "red shirts" supporters. The charges carry a possible death sentence.
Thaksin, a wealthy businessman who was overthrown in a military coup in 2006, has acquired a Montenegrin passport and reportedly is staying occasionally in a seaside villa in the tiny Adriatic Sea country.
Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic told The Associated Press that Montenegro gave Thaksin citizenship partly because of his planned multimillion investments in tourism there.
"We have mechanisms to correct our decisions" if need be, Djukanovic said.
Djukanovic said that so far Interpol, the international police organization, has not issued an international arrest warrant for Thaksin.
"The facts are that we have given Mr. Shinawatra our citizenship at his request," Djukanovic said. Montenegro has been accused in the past of harboring international fugitives.
"We had in mind that he was a democratically elected prime minister of Thailand and that he was overthrown in a military coup, meaning in an undemocratic way," Djukanovic said. "Also, we had in mind that he is a serious investor."
He said Thaksin had been warned repeatedly "not to use the Montenegrin territory to undermine the activities of some other government."
Djukanovic said Montenegro, whose constitution banns extradition of its nationals to foreign countries, would be willing to put Thaksin on trial if it gets sufficient legal evidence from Thailand.
"On the basis of the domestic laws, we are capable of organizing legal procedures in the name of justice," Djukanovic said.


Updated : 2021-02-27 06:38 GMT+08:00