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    Oopsie... UK cancels visas of Thaksin and wife

    ASYLUM SETBACK
    UK cancels visas of Thaksin, wife
    By The Nation

    The British Embassy has revoked entry visas of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Pojaman.

    The cancellation, which was decided while the couple were outside England, has been notified to airlines yesterday.

    The decision was made by the United Kingdom Border Agency, and the notification email was signed by Bangkok-based Immigration Liaison Manager Andy Gray.

    The email read:

    "Dear All,

    The United Kingdom Border Agency has revoked the UK visas held by the following Thai nations:

    Thaksin Shinawatra. Thai Passport Number D215863

    Potjaman Shinawatra. Thai Passport Number D206635

    The UK visas contained in the passports of the individuals listed above are no longer valid for travel.

    Airlines are advised not to carry these passengers to the UK"

    *** end *****

    The embassy would not comment on the report. Contacted embassy officials said they "cannot comment on policy matters."

    It was a big political blow for Thaksin, who was believed to be on his way from China to the Philippines yesterday. It was understood that the cancellation had to do with the recent court rulings that found Pojaman guilty of tax evasion and Thaksin guilty of breaking the conflict of interest law in the Ratchadapisek land purchase scandal.

    Their children's British visas are still valid.

    A senior People Power Party politician who has been in China this week answered The Nation's phone contact but replied to the inquiry about Thaksin's visa situation with only "I don't know. I don't know."

    Thaksin has always described England as a "democratically mature" country as compared to Thailand. But he always denied having applied for asylum although he said England would be the country where he wanted to live in exile.

    Last Saturday, in a controversial long-distance phone-in from Hong Kong, Thaksin accused his political opponents of breaking his family apart. In the same address, he also begged for royal pardon or a popular show of force to bring him back to Thailand.

    "Nobody can bring me back to Thailand, except royal kindness of HM the King or the power of the people," Thaksin said. He also claimed that many countries have offered him "honorary citizenship", "which made me a bit sad because I could do many things for anybody else in the world, but nothing now for my country."

    The statement triggered a major controversy in Thailand, with Thaksin being accused of trying to drag HM the King into politics. The UK visa move, however, gave Thaksin's statement a whole new perspective, making him sound more like someone desperate to find refuge rather than trying to provoke a political reaction.

    It is not immediately known, however, whether Thaksin was aware of the impending visa cancellation before he left England the last time.

    A source familiar with the UK legal and diplomatic thinking said the cancellation could have been based on "the different statuses" of Thaksin between the time he was issued the visa and now.

    The Supreme Court only found Thaksin guilty in the Ratchadapisek land case late last month, weeks after he fled Thailand during the Beijing Olympics. He fled with his wife, who only days earlier had been found guilty of tax evasion.

    England has been under the world community's watchful eyes when Thaksin is concerned. Diplomatic observers have said a decision whether or not to give Thaksin asylum would generate strong ramifications on England's relations with Thailand, as well as London's reputations when democracy, foreign relations and legal principles are concerned.

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    Re: UK cancels visas of Thaksin and wife

    One of the conditions of Political Asylum in the UK is abstention from active participation in the politics of the country one is being granted shelter from-this is supposedly stop coups etc being run from the UK. It was a condition which Thaksin would have had difficulty in adhering to willingly or otherwise.

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    Re: UK cancels visas of Thaksin and wife

    I have an idea to sell " Thaksin tracker maps". These would be almost the same as storm tracker maps you can get in the U.S. to track hurricanes.
    People could track Thaksin and guess where his next destination will be.
    I'm going to be rich.
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    Re: UK cancels visas of Thaksin and wife

    Stranded in China

    By Amornrat Mahitthirook, Nattaya Chetchotiros and Wassana Nanuam

    The British government has revoked the tourist visas for convicted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife, Khunying Potjaman, airline employees report. The former premier is believed to be in China.

    The revocation of the visas effectively bans the couple from entering Britain on their Thai passports, a reliable airline source told the Bangkok Post on Friday night.

    The source said the notification letter on the visas being revoked was circulated by e-mail to airlines which are members of the Airport Operations Committee yesterday.

    The source said the letter was sent by Andy Gray, an official at the UK Border Agency who is in charge of immigration at the British embassy in Thailand.

    The letter made clear that the visas issued for Thaksin and Khunying Potjaman were now invalid and the couple should be prevented from boarding planes to Britain, the source said.

    Thaksin's visa is stamped in his Thai passport, number D215863. Khunying Potjaman's passport number is D206635, the source added.

    Another source said Thaksin is now in China after calling his supporters in the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) at the Rajamangala stadium on Nov 1 from Hong Kong.

    The whereabouts of his wife are unclear. It is not known whether she accompanied her husband from London to Hong Kong and then China.

    Thaksin and Khunying Potjaman, along with their family, have spent most of their time in London after fleeing justice in Thailand.

    Another source close to Thaksin said the former prime minister and his wife have been granted honorary citizenship of the Bahamas and they can travel on Bahamian passports.

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    Re: UK cancels visas of Thaksin and wife

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    The British government has revoked the tourist visas for convicted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife, Khunying Potjaman, airline employees report. The former premier is believed to be in China.
    It must have come as a shock to Thaksin. He must be a disappointed man now. His future will now take an unexpected turn.

    Bahamas is too insignificant and too small a place for his expectations, IMHO.

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    Re: UK cancels visas of Thaksin and wife

    Reading this news elsewhere. It seems that nothing has been confirmed yet.

    Apparently, the source of the news was the PAD and ASTV (Bkk Post & The Nation have just copied it). Seems the PAD got this news from 'their' source before any other news channel. Pretty amazing.

    If this is not a wind-up, then you'll have to be amazed by PAD's contacts in high places. Can get the news before anyone else?
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    Re: UK cancels visas of Thaksin and wife

    Honorary citizenship arent legal ones, but perhaps he got a normal one from Bahamas too?

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    Re: UK cancels visas of Thaksin and wife

    The BBC are carrying the story. Looks like it is correct.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7717199.stm

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    Re: UK cancels visas of Thaksin and wife

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2...section=justin


    Britain revokes Thaksin and wife's visas: official

    Posted 3 hours 30 minutes ago

    British authorities have revoked the visas of ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Pojaman, an airline official said.

    The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the British embassy had informed all airlines in an email on Friday not to allow the couple to board flights to Britain.

    "The British embassy sent an email message to all airlines.... It's general practice for all airlines, so no airline can take them on board to England from any port," he said.

    Embassy officials refused to confirm or deny the report, but in the email seen by AFP, Bangkok-based immigration liaison manager Andy Gray, from the UK Border Agency wrote:

    "The United Kingdom Border Agency has revoked the UK visas held by the following Thai nationals: Thaksin Shinawatra, Thai Passport Number D215863; Potjaman Shinawatra, Thai Passport Number D206635.

    "The UK visas contained in the passports of the individuals listed above are no longer valid for travel. Airlines are advised not to carry these passengers to the UK."

    Thaksin, ousted in a 2006 coup, fled to Britain in early August and has since been sentenced in absentia to two years in prison for corruption.

    His exact whereabouts on Saturday were unknown, but local media reported he was travelling from China to the Philippines.

    Thaksin's Thailand-based spokesman said he could not confirm the report.

    "What I can verify is that Thaksin has not received any document from the British authorities concerning this issue.... But if it's true Thaksin can clarify the matter," said Phonthep Thepkanjana.

    - AFP

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    Re: UK cancels visas of Thaksin and wife

    Isn't Thaksin however, supposed to be on a diplomatic passport? And diplomats dont need visas, right?

    If Thaksin's not allowed back in The UK, how about his 5million pound house say, in St George's Hill, Surrey? He has other property too, including a 8million pound place in South Kensington.

    What happens in that situation? Rather confused.
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