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Thailand: Arrest warrant issued for former-PM Thaksin Shinawatra ahead of elections

THAILAND’S Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a new arrest warrant for fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra after resuming his trial in absentia on alleged manipulation of policy for personal gain 15 years ago. The revival of the case was made possible under a new law that took effect last year, allowing the trial of politicians after they have fled the country. According to the Bangkok Post, the arrest warrant was issued after Thaksin failed to show up at court, or send a lawyer representative. SEE ALSO: Thailand’s election delays widely criticised The former PM has been in self-imposed exile since 2008 after he was put on trial for allegedly wrongfully changing regulations on telecom concession fees in favour of companies he owned, causing a loss to the state of 68 billion Thai baht (US$2.2 billion), during his time in office. The charge is one of many cases shelved after Thaksin...

 

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