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Thaksin flees to Britain, arrest warrant issued

Thailand's Supreme Court issued an arrest warrant on Monday for former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife after the couple skipped bail and went into exile in London.

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Thailand's Supreme Court on Monday issued  arrest warrants for ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife after they skipped bail and fled to Britain.

Thaksin and his wife Pojaman had been summoned to appear before the court on Monday to defend themselves in a property graft case, but Thaksin instead issued a statement saying he was travelling to Britain.

In a statement, the Supreme Court said: "The panel judge has considered it and found that the two defendants are not returning to Thailand or presenting themselves to the court by the deadline, which violates their bail conditions.

"The court has decided to confiscate their (bail) money ... and issue arrest warrants for the two defendants."

Thaksin said he could not rely on a fair trial in his home country and accused his political enemies of interfering in the justice system.

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