Thaksin flees Thailand corruption trial and returns to exile in Britain
The Thai Supreme Court has issued an arrest warrant for ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife after they skipped bail and refused to return to Thailand to stand trial for corruption. The couple issued a statement read on state television today saying they will not return to Thailand but will instead remain in exile in the UK.
The ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra skipped bail today and fled into exile in Britain claiming he could not get a fair trial on a raft of corruption charges because of political inference.
Thaksin and his wife, Pojaman, who was sentenced to three years in jail for fraud two weeks ago, said they had gone to England with their family because they had received "death threats".
The couple had been due to return from the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics to appear before the supreme court this morning to give evidence in a corruption case over a dubious land deal.