Thaksin’s name in passports issued by Nicaragua, Uganda and Montenegro has been changed to “Takki Shinegra,” he said.
The Thai government has revoked Thaksin’s diplomatic passport issued during his premiership. He was believed to have an ordinary Thai passport. Some African countries have issued him a special passport to facilitate his travels and his visit to the countries.
Panich said Thaksin’s new name may cause problem for Thailand’s attempt to bring him back to face two-year jail term on charge of corruption.
“Problems can happen when we ask foreign countries to extradite him. We name him in our request as Thaksin Shinawatra but when those countries check his presence, they would not find him because he used different name,” Panich said.
Samak Sundaravej, the 25th prime minister of Thailand, died of cancer on Tuesday morning. He was 74. Samak had been treated for cancer in Bamrungrat Hospital in Bangkok for months. He went into coma on Sunday and died on Tuesday.
He was pronounced dead at the Bamrungrad Hospital at 9:33 am Tuesday. He would be remembered as one of the most colourful and controversial figures in Thai politics. He was known for his sharp tongue and short temper.
The veteran politician was also a celebrity cook, a newspaper columnist and owner, a Bangkok governor elected with the highest number of votes, a multiple-term MP, and a Cabinet member serving in many ministerial portfolios, including interior, transport and agriculture.
A local red-shirt leader here Sunday expressed opposition to holding an anti-government rally before His Majesty the King’s birthday, fearing the red-shirt movement would be seen as being disloyal to the King.
Despite the concern, Kwanchai Praiphana, chairman of the Udon Thani Loving People, said the final decision would depend on former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
The trio leaders of the red-shirt movement – Veera Musigapong, Natthawut Saikua and Jatuporn Promphan – announced earlier that they would hold a mass rally against the government from November 28 to December 3.
“I think there should be no movement before December 5 or else the red-shirt people will be seen with no loyalty for His Majesty,” Kwanchai said.
“At that time, there will be rehearsals of the Trooping of the Colour so it is inappropriate to rally in those days.”
The commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau 5 Saturday expressed confidence that police could keep security for the prime minister when he visits Chiang Mai next Sunday.
Pol Lt Gen Somkid Boonthanom said he had prepared measures for keeping security for the prime minister when he attends the Chamber of Commerce meeting next Sunday.
Somkid said police were monitoring the use of community radio stations and would take legal actions against anyone who would use the radio programmes to incite unrest.
Thai envoy meets for the first time on Tuesday Thai engineer detained in a Cambodian prison on charge of spying flight information of ex-Thai Thaksin Shinawatra and Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen.
The Cambodian side contacted Thai embassy in Phnom Penh on Tuesday morning, confirming that the envoy; Chalotorn Paowiboon, can meet Siwarak Chutipong at the prison. Later the envoy then met Siwarak and contacted his mother; Simaluck Na Nakhon Panom, allowing him to talk to his mother. Simaluck quoted her son as saying that he is ok.
This is the first contact of Siwarak since he was arrested last week in Phnom Penh last week. Cambodian authorities had earlier refused consular visit of Thai embassy in Phnom Penh. Simaluck who was a teacher of Nakhon Ratchasima Technical College in Nakhon Ratchasima said she was ready to go to Phnom Penh to visit her son.
Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said on Friday that Cambodia’s arrest of a Thai engineer on spying charges is nothing more than intimidation with the intention to defame Thailand. Cambodia has charged Siwarak Chothipong, an engineer of Cambodia Air Traffic Services, for “stealing” the flight information of ex-Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra and Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen.
Cambodian prosecutors alleged that Siwarak stole the information and sent it to Thai embassy’s first secretary Kamrob Palawatwichai. Cambodia on Thursday expelled Kamrob following the accusation that he had executed work in contradiction to his position. He was ordered to leave the country within 48 hours. “It is clearly intimidation with intent to defame Thailand by Cambodia,” said Kasit, who cut short his participation in ministerial preparatory meetings for the Apec Summit in Singapore.
He accused Thaksin of being the major cause of all the problems Thailand having with Cambodia. He said he had assigned officials of Thai embassy in Phnom Penh to assist and provide legal advice to Siwarak. Cambodia’s appointment of Thaksin as the adviser to Hun Sen and his government has seen the start of the current diplomatic rows between the neighbouring countries. Both have recalled their ambassadors and the first secretaries. Thailand has downgraded relations and reviewed cooperation with and loans given to Cambodia.
Thai and Cambodian diplomatic flares again Thursday after Cambodia expels a first secretary of Thai embassy in Phnom Penh. Cambodia’s Foreign Ministry ordered one of the Thai Embassy’s the first secretaries to leave the country within 48 hours, starting from 5pm.
Learning of the order, the Thai side countered by expelling the first secretary of the Cambodian Embassy in Bangkok and ordering him to leave the country within 48 hours, starting from 5pm, said Thai government spokesman Panithan Wattanayakorn.