Thaksin 'not barred from Dubai'

Thaksin 'not barred from Dubai'

Fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is now relaxing in Great Britain and has not been barred from Dubai, his lawyer insisted on Saturday.

Noppadon Pattama was responding to a report by Blue Sky TV that Thaksin had been asked to leave Dubai after a group claiming to be linked to al-Qaeda posted a death threat against him on YouTube.

The video was widely believed to be fake, but Dubai authorities did not want to take any risks, said Blue Sky, which is affiliated with the opposition Democrat Party.

Blue Sky said it had a list of names of military and police officers who had gone to Dubai to help Thaksin move his belongings to Hong Kong. The Chinese government had asked him to keep a low profile while in the territory, it added.

Mr Noppadon insisted that Thaksin can still travel to Dubai and stay there any time as usual. He has made the United Arab Emirates his main business base since fleeing Thailand five years ago.

For now, Thaksin will stay in Europe and will travel to Asia sometime in September, the lawyer added.

Thaksin fled Thailand in August 2008, two months before the Supreme Court sentenced him to two months in jail for abusing his power to help his then-wife Potjaman Na Pombejra buy a plot of land on Ratchadaphisek Road.

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