Sunday, August 10, 2008

Exile: Ousted Thai PM Thaksin seen not returning home

Sunday, August 10, 2008

BANGKOK: Ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will not return to Thailand again, a pro-Thaksin MP said on Sunday, suggesting the billionaire had flown to London from Beijing in violation of his bail terms.

Thaksin was due to return to Bangkok on Sunday but MP Pracha Prasobdee told reporters at the airport he had spoken to a Thaksin aide who said the former prime minister would be making a statement "via the foreign media" at 9 a.m. from London.

That is about the same time Thaksin and his wife are meant to report to the courts under bail conditions set in various corruption cases against them.

(Reporting by Pracha Hariraksapitak, Writing by Ed Cropley; Editing by Andrew Dobbie)

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