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article imageNew Arrest Warrant issued for ex-Thai Prime Minister

By Leo Reyes     Aug 1, 2010 in Politics
Thailand's supreme court has issued a new warrant of arrest for former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Tuesday in connection with his alleged false assets declaration.
The new arrest warrant was issued after Thaksin failed to attend a court proceeding without notifying the court which judge Thanan Wanagowit said shows his intention to escape.
Early this year a Thai court ordered Thaksin arrested for his alleged participation in the street protest staged by the 'Red Shirt' protesters.
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The former telecoms tycoon was ousted in a bloodless military coup in 2006 and lives in self-imposed exile to avoid a prison jail imposed in absentia for corruption.
Thaksin is idolized by many Red Shirts for his populist policies, including cheap health care and village funds, but Thailand's elite see him as corrupt, authoritarian and a threat to the revered monarchy.
Thai authorities has accused Thaksin of supporting and funding the 'Red Shirt' protesters who recently staged violent street protests which led to the death of close to a hundred people in Bangkok.
Thaksin' s lawyers specifically denied the accusations saying the funds of the former prime minister has been frozen by the present government.
"How could my clients fund anything when their accounts were frozen since June 2006," said lawyer Kittiporn Aroonrat.
The lawyers for the exiled former prime ministers claims that the charges against their clients are politically motivated.
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