(Posted by CAAI news Media)
The United Arab Emirates will ask fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to leave the country if he is found to be using it as a political base to attack the government, vice foreign minister Panit Wikitset says.
"The UAE has informed the Foreign Ministry that if former prime minister Thaksin uses the country as a base to provoke [his supporters] to stage political rallies or attack the Privy Council, he will be asked to leave immediately," Mr Panit said yesterday.
The UAE would allow Thaksin to stay as a businessman or a normal citizen only.
Thaksin was ousted in a 2006 coup and returned to Thailand briefly to face corruption charges.
He fled the country in October last year just before the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions sentenced him to two years in jail for abusing his power.