Thaksin 'rejects arrest warrant'

Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra does not accept the Supreme Court's decision to issue a warrant for his arrest in the Krung Thai Bank loan scandal case, Thaksin's legal adviser Noppadon Pattama said on Thursday.

Fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra (Post Photo)

"Thaksin remains overseas and also remains firm that he will not accept the consequences of the coup d'état [on Sept 19, 2006]," Mr Noppadon said.

He said his boss will not accept any cases launched by the now-defunct Assets Scrutiny Committee (ASC) because they were his political adversary.

"He [Thaksin] wants his cases to be carried out in a legal manner. Thaksin must receive equal rights as other Thai people.

"Thaksin was not involved with the Krung Thai Bank loan case since it was up to the bank executives to decide on granting loans," said the lawyer.

The deposed premier knew about the arrest warrant from the internet and he was now in Moscow and will travel to England later, he added.

The Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions on Thursday issued a warrant for Thaksin's arrest in a case involving 11.58 billion baht in loans from state-owned Krung Thai Bank.

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