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Thacky Shinawatra gets the boot from UK!

The UK Government has at last given the boot to Thai despot and convicted criminal Thacky Shinawatra!

The allegations of corruption and human rights abuses against this guy are countless! His personal wealth, in a country where a huge percentage of the people live in poverty, as a consequence of these irregularities has grown to immeasurable levels.

Thaksin was ousted as Thai PM in a 2006 military coup and then fled to Britain.

He soon after purchased Manchester City Football Club – many say to attain publicity and keep his name known in his homeland. He then flogged Manchester City Football Club very soon after!

Despite being in voluntary exile, Thacky’s still thought to wield ultimate power in Thailand via a puppet cabinet drawn from pawns in Thaksin’s own political party. The continued political unrest and extreme violence in Thailand is to a great extent attributable to Thaksin.

Thacky has recently been sentenced in absentia to two years in prison for corruption. He refuses to return to his homeland though!

His exact whereabouts on Saturday were unknown, but local media reported he was travelling from China to the Philippines. Maybe the Philippines will give him a visa!!

BANGKOK – BRITISH authorities have revoked the visas of ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Pojaman, an airline official told AFP on Saturday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the British embassy had informed all airlines in an email on Friday not to allow the couple to board flights to Britain.

‘The British embassy sent an email message to all airlines operating from Bangkok on Friday that the British authorities had revoked the visa for Thaksin and Pojaman,’ he said.

‘It’s (the email is) general practice for all airlines, so no airline can take them on board to England from any port,’ he added.

‘The United Kingdom Border Agency has revoked the UK visas held by the following Thai nationals: Thaksin Shinawatra, Thai Passport Number D215863; Potjaman Shinawatra, Thai Passport Number D206635.

‘The UK visas contained in the passports of the individuals listed above are no longer valid for travel. Airlines are advised not to carry these passengers to the UK.’

Thaksin, ousted in a 2006 coup, fled to Britain in early August and has since been sentenced in absentia to two years in prison for corruption.

His exact whereabouts on Saturday were unknown, but local media reported he was travelling from China to the Philippines.

Thaksin’s Thailand-based spokesman said he could not confirm the report.

‘What I can verify is that Thaksin has not received any document from the British authorities concerning this issue…. But if it’s true Thaksin can clarify the matter,’ said Phonthep Thepkanjana.

According to the Bangkok Post, a source close to Thaksin said the former prime minister and his wife have been granted honorary citizenship of the Bahamas and they can travel on Bahamian passports.

from straitstimes

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November 8, 2008 Posted by | Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra | Leave a comment