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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Thailand court charged ousted PM with terrorism
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On May 25, 2010, a criminal court in Thailand issued an arrest warrant for ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on charges of terrorism. Shinawatra was accused of involvement in political violence following the anti-government "red shirt" pro-democracy protests in Bangkok that left more than 80 dead and 1,000 injured in 2010. Shinawatra appealed the criminal court's warrant, which resulted in the issuance of a second warrant for his arrest on similar charges. Shinawatra was removed from power by a military coup in 2006 and has been living abroad in Cambodia where the government has refused to extradite him for criminal prosecution.

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