A compilation of brief news reports for Tuesday, June 12, 2007.
Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra may return to Thailand if he wishes, interim Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont and Council for National Security chairman General Sonthi Boonyaratglin said today.
Thaksin’s lawyer, Noppadon Pattama, indicated that Thaksin, in exile since a coup led by Sonthi last year, will soon return to Thailand so that he may appeal the seizure of his assets by the Assets Examination Committee.
- “Ex-Thai PM Thaksin’s assets are frozen” — Wikinews, June 11, 2007
- “Thaksin will return very soon: lawyer” — The Nation (Thailand), June 13, 2007
- “Thaksin ‘free to return'” — Bangkok Post, June 12, 2007
- Thai News Agency. “Thaksin can return home: Thai PM, junta chief” — MCOT, June 12, 2007
Royal Malaysian Police Inspector-General Musa Hassan said at a maritime security meeting today that there is a “real and possible” threat of terrorism in the Strait of Malacca, which is shared by Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
The strait, through which passes 40 percent of the world’s trade, has had a drop in incidences of piracy, but Hassan says he fears a LP gas vessel could be commandeered for a suicide mission.
- Agence France-Presse. “Malaysia warns of ‘possible’ terror threat in Malacca Straits” — Channel NewsAsia, June 12, 2007
- Sean Yoong, Associated Press. “Terrorism risk high in Malacca Strait” — Forbes, June 12, 2007
- “Malaysia sees threat of terror attacks in Malacca St” — Reuters, June 12, 2007