Shinawatra found his stooge with $$$ bait. Kana na vuaka.

Fugitive former Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra’s secret Fiji talks

Rowan Callick, Asia-Pacific editor | July 09, 2009
Article from: The Australian

FUGITIVE billionaire former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra flew in his Learjet to Fiji for a secret meeting with the controversial prime minister and military commander Frank Bainimarama.

The subject of their discussions, held in Mr Bainimarama’s office in Suva on Monday, is unknown, but informed sources in Fiji say Mr Thaksin is considering investing $300million in the country.

In return, he would probably be assured safety there from extradition, if he should choose to use Fiji as one of his bases in exile. Thailand is seeking to return him to Bangkok, where he faces two years in jail for abuse of power.

Mr Thaksin used an assumed name to enter Fiji, although his true identity was known to the authorities, who approved his visit in advance. The Thai government has cancelled Mr Thaksin’s Thai passport, and says he is currently using a passport issued by Montenegro.

Thailand’s deputy prime minister, Thaworn Sennian, said Mr Thaksin had earlier flown to the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, where he stayed en route to Fiji. Thai embassy officials immediately sought Mr Thaksin’s arrest and extradition.

“Somehow, Thaksin managed to get wind of the impending arrest and escaped,” Mr Thaworn said.

Mr Thaksin was believed to be heading next for Tonga and then to Port Vila in Vanuatu, which is tomorrow hosting the annual meeting of the heads of the Melanesian Spearhead Group of countries — Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji.

The MSG meeting is important for Mr Bainimarama because he will not be able to attend this year’s Pacific Islands Forum summit in Cairns in August, as Fiji has been suspended from the Pacific body.

The Fiji economy is in considerable trouble, with tourism in a downward spiral globally as a result of the economic downturn, and with the other major industry, sugar, suffering from the withdrawal of subsidies from the European Union following the failure of the Fiji government to announce elections.

The major investor there this year has been Fiji’s own national provident fund, with some financially stretched smaller tourism operators seeking to exit but finding no buyers at present — thus reinforcing the attraction of Mr Thaksin’s business empire.

Mr Bainimarama’s military-installed government has said it will not hold an election until September 2014, providing Mr Thaksin with five years’ security if necessary, reinforced by the Fiji government’s control of the courts.

Mr Thaksin’s legal adviser, Noppadon Patama, said the stopover in Kuala Lumpur was merely in order to refuel the jet.

He said there was no attempt to arrest him in Malaysia. He said foreign leaders were willing to welcome Mr Thaksin because they understood the charges against him were politically motivated.

Thailand’s deputy foreign minister, Panich Vikitsreth, said extradition requests had been filed to Malaysia and to Australia, apparently in the hope Canberra could use its influence in Fiji.

But relations between Australia and Fiji have become increasingly strained, especially since Mr Bainimarama’s government in April abrogated the constitution, dismissed the judiciary, and ruled out elections for five years.

Mr Thaksin was a senior police officer who built a telecommunications empire worth billions of dollars.

He became Thailand’s prime minister from 2001 before being ousted in a military coup in September 2006, while he was attending the UN general assembly.

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14 Responses to “Shinawatra found his stooge with $$$ bait. Kana na vuaka.”

  1. Anonymous. Says:

    300 hundred million for a passport & safe haven? Bet Tonga & Vanuatu makes better offers? Only problem with publicy like this is that it really piss’s off the Thai authorities & other legitimate goverments – fortunately reality tells us Thaksin was simply passing thru (splash & dash) – no truth in the rumour he was accompanied by his Fiji advisor Peter Foster.

  2. Budhau Says:

    Anonymous – why would pissing off Thai authorities bother other legitimate governments.

    Maybe you should get your facts straight. Remember, this dude was also ousted in a military coup – and while UK may have had to hand him over because of their extradition laws – I do not think any legitimate government would be overly pissed off if Thaksin is given asylum by another country – including Fiji.

  3. Tui Says:

    I think if this guy is given a safe haven in Fiji it is going to make the illegal regime of VB look even worse in the eyes of the International community.The world will take a view that Fiji is a safe ground for international Fugitives. Now if VB allows this to happen I wonder who will be nwxt and how much will they invest in VB offshore accounts?

  4. Budhau Says:

    I think Piggy is showing his desperate ways yet again. Must’ve begged Shinawat to fund the next Piggy family world tour or host him in Pattaya.

  5. Willy Says:

    What a wonderful market niche! Make Fiji the home of failed and corrupt politicians. Provide a safe heaven for thieves and money launderers. Screw the dull investors from OZ, NZ and the USA. What about the ‘International Crooks Association (ICA) under the wise and experienced leadership of Cassava Frank and Mahen. The Pacific Forum is a boring club in comparison and should be moved out of their premises to make room for the ICA. Yes, lets welcome all despots, dictators and common thieves. Lets open our doors to South American drug and weapon dealers. Robert Mugabe has already been invited to join the club for a small fee of 10% of his net worth into VB’s overseas account. Imagine what a wonderful place Fiji would become. All the gleaming Lear and Gulfstream jets in Nadi, Kim comes in and samples the local sex workers and the wacky weed from Kadavu. Yes, this is a brilliant idea and at the end of the day the concept will be supported by ANZ, Europe and USA. A new Gitmo for political monstrosities and brutal murderers.

  6. LUVfiji Says:

    I thought the Thai Military admitted its mistake in toppling this man’s government! Yes?

  7. saqaniwarrior Says:

    This Thai ex PM will meet his waterloo soon or later…just like the vore and his group…there time will come…all of us who have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will just have to hold on to our faith until the end of our destiny in this world because we will HIM(Jesus Christ) in the everlasting Kingdom…

    God Bless Fiji…

  8. Budhau Says:

    Listen guys, the military in Thailand did a coup to get rid of this guy – democratically elected – and then they had some trumped charge where he was convicted and sentenced to two years in jail.

    Come on guys, what would you say if Qarase was found guilty of some corruption charge and sent to two years in jail and he skipped town – and some other country gave him asylum – this is exactly what is happening here.

  9. Nostradamus Says:

    Interesting that an innocent victim of a military coup is trying to find solace in a military dictator. Or is he?
    What exactly was the purpose of his visit?
    Nation for sale?
    Fiji is a place where you can corrupt and buy a whole government for less than the cost of a 5 star hotel. No wonder Turtle Island Evans got into this racket, first trying to throw an election through evelig, then financing a coup when evelig could not get it up democratically.
    For those of you who may have heard of the Santo Rebellion, that was also instigated by Americans buying off a local nitwit like Voreqe, a man by the name of Jimmy Stevens. Stevens lost his son (one of about 100 from 27 wives) and got life for it.
    As I have said before, it seems to be the kai loma who cause all the problems, trying to manipulate their indigenous brethren to gain acceptance and a birthright. Same with the guy in Haiti a few years ago and Voreqe (Pickering) Bainivuaka, wife a Kean and daughter married a Whippy before the murder.

  10. Budhau Says:

    Nostra, those are some serious allegations against the Turtle Island guy – don’t you think that might be libelous.

    I see that you have something against the Kai Loma’s also – last week it was the Indians.

    Keep going with the racist shit – makes interesting reading.

    As for buying the Fijian leadership – whats new?

  11. Cama Says:

    Budhau, your comment at 0453pm does not hold any water. This is not happening in Fiji. Our former PM is not charged and you say that it is the same thing happening here is incorrect.

  12. Cama Says:

    Budhau, your comparison is off the mark. it should be an example.

  13. Budhau Says:

    Sorry Cama – I think you misunderstood me.
    What I wrote was “what would you say IF Qarase was found guilty of some corruption charge and sent to two years in jail and he skipped town – and some other country gave him asylum – this is exactly what is happening here.”

    You see that point I was getting at. I never said that Qarase was found guilty of any corruption charges.

    However, if he ever were to be found guilty, and he skips town and say ends up I NZ – I do not think NZ would have any problem granting him asylum – unless out extradition treaty get in the way.

    So my comparison is not way off the mark – this guys was found guilty of a minor corruption charge by a military regime that had overthrown him – and Qarase is facing similar charges by in court appointed by a military regime that had overthrown Qarase.

    So you see the similarities.

  14. Snidvong Says:

    “Thaksin was democratically elected.” – yes, if your version of democracy includes bribing large numbers of MPs from other parties to join you and mass vote buying.

    “this guys was found guilty of a minor corruption charge by a military regime that had overthrown him” – Avoiding capital gains tax. He was found guilty by the Thai judiciary at a time when his cronies formed the government, lead by his brother-in-law.

    Another, outstanding, prosecution involves the allegation that whilst PM he sanctioned a low-interest loan to the military junta in Burma in order for them to spend the money on satelitte services from his company. Dealing with this oppressive regime is a true mark of the love for democratic ideals.

    Thaksin continues to incite violence and unrest in the name of democracy. His supporters make large parts of Bangkok unsafe for people trying to go about their normal lives and refuse to engage in any discussion, it is either their way or no way. Anyone who dares to challenge their ideas is shouted down, branded as a supporter of the military and aggressively verbally or physically attacked.

    This man constantly moans about restoring democracy in Thailand but continually curries favour with undemocratic military juntas (Fiji), elected leaders who suppress the opposition (Cambodia) and absolute monarchies (UAE).

    Anyone who thinks that this man represents democracy (2500 extrajudicial killings whilst he was PM, rampant nepotism in police and military appointments, supression of the media, uninvestigated murder of 23 environmental campaigners, disappearance of one of the country’s leading Human Rights lawyers) in Thailand is a fool. Democracy does not stop at the polling booth. Hopefully the saying “what goes around , comes around” will prove to be true for Mr Thaksin and his new-found gang of crooks.

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