Thais Will Bust Exiled PM if He Returns

Thaksin to face multiple corruption and fraud charges: AG's office
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2007 7:50 AM CST
Thai Deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra talks to journalists at Government House in this April 21, 2004 file photo. Thaksin will be arrested if he returns home from a self-imposed exile as planned,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – As his allies get set to wrest the reins of government from the military, Thailand's exiled prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been warned that he will face arrest if he returns home. Arrest warrants for Thaksin and his wife on charges of fraud and corruption are still outstanding, according to the office of Thailand's attorney general. Thaksin has said he'll return in April.

The attorney general has been pushing for extradition from Britain, where Thaksin now lives as owner of a prestigious soccer team. Several courts have issued warrants on charges ranging from graft to fraudulent financial filings. The People's Power Party, the successor to Thaksin's now-banned bloc, won the most seats in last week's government and claims it has formed a coalition, although it's not saying with whom.