Montenegro tells Thaksin to stay silent on Thai unrest
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 19:31
Podgorica: Montenegro has asked fugitive former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra to avoid making any public comments during his stay in the Balkans country, a source said Wednesday.

The request comes a day after a court in Thailand approved an arrest warrant for Thaksin on terrorism charges over recent political violence in Bangkok which left more than 80 people dead.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked the former prime minister to refrain from making any comments," a Montenegrin source close to Thaskin said.

According to the Montengrin source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Thaksin was due back in the Adriatic state Wednesday after a quick trip to Cyprus.

"He will stay the next two days in Montenegro and probably go to France afterwards," the source said.

The French foreign ministry said Tuesday that they had persuaded Thaksin to abandon plans to give a speech on the Thai political crisis for a little known think tank in Paris on May 31.

But the head of the group organising the speech insisted it would go ahead.

The charges filed against Thaksin in his native country include that he has been bankrolling the protests and inciting unrest from overseas.

The telecoms tycoon-turned-politician was ousted in a bloodless military coup in 2006 and has been living in self-imposed exile, mainly in Dubai, to avoid a two-year jail term for corruption.


First Published: Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 19:31

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