Thailand Revokes Exiled Leader’s Passport

The Thai government on Wednesday sad that it had revoked the passport of exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, for allegedly stoking the anti-government hostility that flared into deadly street protests this week.

The government had issued warrants against Shinawatra and 13 other protest leaders on Tuesday, a day when supporters of the exiled leader ended their siege of the Government House in the Thai capital of Bangkok.

According to a report by the state-run Thai News Agency citing Foreign Ministry spokesman Tharit Charungwat, Thaksin’s passport is to be deemed annulled from April 12, when the red shirt clad supporters of the ousted leader swarmed the venue of a key Asian summit, forcing the government to cancel the meeting.

Thaksin, who currently is in exile in Dubai, faces a two year prison term after being convicted on corruption charges by a Thai court last October.

Authorities say that a passport could be revoked for individuals abroad who “may cause damage to Thailand or others,” but add that Thaksin could still travel to his home country on temporary travel documents.

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