The government does not have the authority to bring deposed former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra back to Thailand to face justice, Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung said yesterday.
Mr Chalerm was responding to Democrat Party MP for Rayong Sathit Pitutecha, who criticised the government during a House session yesterday for failing to take action against the ex-premier, for whom several arrest warrants have been issued.
The cases against Thaksin, who remains in self-imposed exile, include his government's handling of the two- and three-digit lottery, an Exim Bank loan to Myanmar, his failure to serve a two-year prison sentence, his government's conversion of mobile phone operators' concession fees into an excise tax, and terrorism charges. Most of the cases stem from alleged crimes committed during his tenure as prime minister between 2001 and 2006.
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