June 19 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont on Tuesday
guaranteed the safety of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra after the Department
of Special Investigation (DSI) ordered him to hear charges concerning hiding
information of the family's property investment arm next week.
Thailand's ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
speaks to his supporters via videoconference from London during an
anti-coup rally near Bangkok's Grand Palace June 15, 2007.(Xinhua/Reuters
"The government ensures his safety. There is no need
to consult the Council for National Security (CNS)," the prime minister was
quoted by local media as saying.
On CNS chairman Sonthi Boonyaratkalin's early remarks
that he was concerned about Thaksin's safety, Surayud said Sonthi must have felt
that way. However, that cannot be interpreted that the CNS will be the one
hurting Thaksin, he said.
Surayud added that the government has no policy to
detain Thaksin because he is not yet found to be guilty of the charges.
The DSI on Tuesday ordered Thaksin and his wife
Potjaman to come to hear charges concerning concealment of information on SC
Assets, a property investment arm of the family, on June 26-29.
The department warned that it would issue an arrest
warrant against them if they fail to turn up in time.
If found guilty, the two will face less than
five-year imprisonment or will be fined no more than two times of the company
value in the stock market, which is about 1.9 billion baht(56 million U.S.
dollars), local news network The Nation said.
Thaksin's wife again postpones hearing
on stocks case
BANGKOK, June 19 (Xinhua) -- The wife of Thailand's ousted
premier Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday skipped her scheduled testimony at the
Assets Examination Committee (AEC) on the Shin Corp share sales again, the third
time that she postponed her meetings with the AEC.
Somporn Pongsuwan, the personal lawyer of Thaksin's wife
Potjaman Shinawatra, said on Tuesday that Pojaman was sick and given treatment
in a foreign country. He said it is up to AEC's decision whether to agree to the
request. Full story
Thaksin's lawyer denies exile gov't is
June 16 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's legal
advisor Noppadol Patama on Saturday denied that the former prime minister
planned to set up a government in exile.
"Thaksin has never thought of seeking asylum and has never
planned to set up a government in exile," Noppadol was quoted by local news
network The Nation as saying. Full story