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UK Revokes Ex-Thai Leader Thaksin's Visa
Thai court convicted Thaksin Shinawatra in absentia of violating a conflict of interest law and sentenced the fugitive former leader to two years in prison in October.

Britain has revoked the visa of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who has been living there in exile since he was ousted in a coup, Thai newspapers reported on Nov. 8.

A Thai court convicted Thaksin in absentia of violating a conflict of interest law in a case relating a real estate deal by his wife, and sentenced the fugitive former leader to two years in prison in October. Prosecutors have said they will seek Thaksin's extradition.

The former leader was removed from office in a 2006 coup and fled to Britain. He has claimed he cannot get a fair trial in Thailand.

Citing an unnamed airline official, the Bangkok Post said the British Embassy in Bangkok sent an e-mail to international airlines on Friday asking them to not allow Thaksin and his wife Potjaman to board flights to the United Kingdom.

The report said Thaksin was traveling in China but that it was unclear if his wife was accompanying him.

The e-mail said the couple's British visas are now invalid, the newspaper reported. The same information was carried in other Thai newspapers Saturday.

Daniel Painter, a spokesman for the British Embassy in Bangkok, said Saturday he could not comment on the visa case. Britain's Home Office refused to comment late Friday.

A spokesman for Thaksin in Bangkok, Phonthep Thepkanjana, could not immediately be contacted by phone. (AP)




 

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