Cambodia Rejects Thai Request to Extradite Former Leader

By Ron Corben
11 November 2009
Cambodia has rejected Thailand’s request for the extradition of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. There now are suggestions that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations should intervene to reduce tensions that have risen between the two countries.
Thai diplomats on Wednesday morning presented Cambodian officials with a request to detain and extradite Thaksin Shinawatra. The former prime minster is wanted in Thailand after fleeing a year ago to avoid a two-year jail sentence for corruption.
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Toppled Thai leader arrives in Cambodia

Published: Yesterday

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) – Thailand’s fugitive ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra arrived Tuesday in Cambodia following his appointment as economic adviser to the government, fueling tensions between the neighboring countries.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said he would seek Thaksin’s extradition and announced that his Cabinet had approved ending talks with Phnom Penh on disputed maritime borders.

The toppled leader was to deliver a lecture Thursday to more than 300 economists while in Phnom Penh.

Government spokesman Khieu Kanharith said Thaksin flew into the Cambodian capital’s military airport aboard a private plane. State televison showed that Thaksin arrived with a party of less than 10 people and was driven into Phnom Penh under very tight security provided by bodyguards of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

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Thailand recalls ambassador to Cambodia

BANGKOK (AP) – Thailand recalled its ambassador from neighboring Cambodia on Thursday after former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a fugitive from justice, was named an adviser to the government in Phnom Penh.

The move was the most severe diplomatic action thus far in ongoing tensions between the two countries, which have had a series of small, but sometimes deadly, skirmishes over the demarcation of their border.

Thailand also said it would review all of its agreements with Cambodia. Read more »

Thaksin not to reside in Cambodia: Thai opposition leader 2009-10-31 14:40:02

BANGKOK, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) — Ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra refused to permanently reside in Cambodia as hedid not want to create problem to Thailand, opposition Puea Thai Party Chairman Chavalit Yongchaiyuth said Saturday.

“I asked him through people close him why he did not stay in Cambodia as it is near home and family, Thaksin said that he did not want to create problem,” the INN news agency quoted Chavalit, deputy prime minister in Thaksin’s administration as saying.

It was a test of Thaksin’s thought, he said.

Thaksin was ousted by a military coup in September 2006 and has been in exile since then. In February 2008, Thaksin returned to Thailand to face corruption charges but later went to exile again and was convicted in absentia.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen told reporters during the recent 15th ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit at Thailand’s central beach resort of Hua Hin that Cambodia would not hand over Thaksin to Thailand if Thailand sought his extradition.

Hun Sen also said that he could appoint Thaksin as his economic advisor. Read more »

Cambodia curbs demonstrations

By Tim Johnston

Published: October 22 2009 03:00 | Last updated: October 22 2009 03:00

Advocates of free speech say a law passed yesterday by Cambodia’s legislature limiting the size of demonstrations is the latest example of increasing intolerance.

The parliament – dominated by the Cambodian People’s party of Hun Sen, prime minister – passed the law with the aim of ensuring “public order and national security”. It limits public demonstrations to a maximum of 200 people.

Demonstrations are a popular form of protest in Cambodia. The opposition, outnumbered in parliament, uses them to make political points, but they are also a last resort for groups of impoverished farmers and slum dwellers who say they are the victims in land disputes with developers and allies of the government.

Tim Johnston, Bangkok

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