Tuesday, March 10, 2009

OAG to negotiate extradition treaty with Hong Kong soon

OAG to negotiate extradition treaty with Hong Kong soon

The Office of the Attorney General revealed that it was in the process of negotiating an extradition treaty with Hong Kong soon for the apprehension of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Director General of the Foreign Crimes Division of the OAG Sirisak Tiyapun revealed that the pursuit of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who had been sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for his unlawful purchase of land in the Ratchada area has progressed to the formation of a joint committee between the OAG and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The committee has been established with the singular purpose of following the movements of Dr. Thaksin and is currently coordinating with authorities in Hong Kong in preparation for the negotiation of an extradition treaty.

Mr. Sirisak assured that the seemingly extra effort being put into extraditing Dr. Thaksin was not a vendetta between him and the government, stating that the extradition treaty between Thailand and Hong Kong has been long overdue since steps to negotiate the document began several years ago.

He remarked that the exact whereabouts of the ousted PM were not even known, with only unconfirmed information indicating that he was in the Hong Kong area.

National News Bureau of Thailand
9 March 2009

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