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Former Thai PM seeks asylum in Britain

Former Thai PM Thaksin issued a statement from London after he and his wife Pojaman failed to return to Bangkok as scheduled to testify in the court for corruption charges.

world Updated: Aug 11, 2008 13:43 IST
Xinhua

Thailand's former premier Thaksin Shinawatra on Monday announced his decision to seek political asylum in Britain.

Thaksin issued a statement from London in this regard after he and his wife Pojaman failed to return to Bangkok as scheduled to testify in the court for corruption charges on Monday.

The statement, hand-written and signed by the ex-premier, was read on Thai TV stations on Monday.

Thaksin said he had to seek asylum in Britain because he and his family did not receive justice in Thai courts, which had been influenced by his political opponents.

Thaksin said he and his family had been unfairly treated ever since the Sep 19, 2006 military coup ousted his administration when he was attending the United Nations general assembly in New York.

He also said there were attempts to assassinate him.

Thaksin and his wife Pojaman was reportedly scheduled to return to Bangkok on a Thai Airways flight Sunday from Beijing, where the couple attended the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony on last Friday.