Where is Thaksin? (2009-2010)

Authorities Fail to Keep Track of Thaksin's Whereabouts - TAN, November 10, 2010
...However, according to latest reports from unconfirmed sources, Thaksin is said to have returned to his residence in Lebanon...

Thaksin on 'courtesy call' to Mandela - Mail & Guardian, September 10, 2010
The Nelson Mandela Foundation has distanced itself from Mandela's meeting last month with controversial former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a fugitive from justice, saying that the encounter was "a private courtesy call".
The controversy over the meeting comes hard on the heels of the furore over Mandela's encounter with former Liberian leader Charles Taylor, now facing genocide charges in The Hague...

Fugitive ex-Thai PM: I visited Mandela - news24.com, September 2, 2010
...A photo of his meeting with the former South African president was released in Thailand by Thaksin's lawyer in an apparent move to quash rumours that the divisive ex-prime minister is ill – and to advertise that he's rubbing shoulders with VIPs abroad...

Montenegro offers citizenship for big investors - Business Week, August 10, 2010
...Montenegro already has granted citizenship to former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who fled corruption charges at home and who has promised to invest in Montenegrin tourism. The government has argued that there has been no international arrest warrant for Thaksin...

Terror case proceeds, new warrant for Thaksin - Bangkok Post, July 29, 2010

Thai FM asks foreign govts to shun Thaksin - Gulf Times, July , 2010
...“I think he was in Dubai but he has been told by the UAE government to leave, and we appreciate that,” he added.
“This is a hopeless exercise, a sad exercise and I think it is a cruel exercise to instigate people to kill one another for political changes,” he argued, suggesting “I think we have problems, but everyone should come to the negotiating table and work together in a cooperative spirit and non-violent manner.”

Uganda provided fake passport for ousted Thai PM: reports - The Nation, July 21, 2010

(Source: Daily Monitor, July 8, 2010)

MPs query how Thai leader got passport - Daily Monitor, July 8, 2010
[Thanks to Fons for pointing this out.]

MPs query how Thai leader got passport - Daily Monitor, July 8, 2010

Uganda denies issuing passport to fugitive Thai prime minister - Daily Monitor, December 3, 2009

Thaksin has not applied for citizenship - Fiji Times Online, April 22, 2010
The Immigration Department has received no application for citizenship from former Thai prime minister Thanksin Shinawatra...

State clears air on Thaksin - Fiji Times Online, April 22, 2010
Any visits by former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to the county will be done as a "private individual" now...

Montenegro economy shrinks, government now selling passports to survive - Live Trading News, April 15, 2010

'I'm in Russia,' taunts Thaksin - Bangkok Post, March 31, 2010
..."I tell you [the ministry], I'm in Russia now," he said, speaking via video link. "I came from Sweden. But I wasn't kicked out of Sweden, contrary to what the Foreign Ministry said...

Thaksin stayed in Sweden several days - ScandAsia.com, March 30, 2010
...The ministry's spokesperson Ander Jörle declined, however, to comment on information from Thailand, that he left Sweden on Monday night after Thailand had requested Sweden to ask him to leave.
"We cannot comment on the information from Thailand," Ander Jörle of the foreign ministry said to the Swedish daily Aftonbladet...

Thaksin flies out of Sweden - The Nation, March 30, 2010

Montenegro declines Thaksin's repatriation - TAN, March 25, 2010
...Dejan Djurovic, the head of the Interpol office in Montenegro, pointed out that former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra cannot be extradited to Thailand since he is now a Montenegrin citizen.
...Montenegro is ranked among the most corrupt countries in Europe as even Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic has been charged by the Italian government for mafia-type crimes, like smuggling and money laundering. Djukanovic is currently protected by international laws.

MFA Asks “Thaksin, Where are you?” - TAN, March 20, 2010

Govt at a loss now Thaksin 'back in Dubai' - The Nation, March 20, 2010

Montenegro says has given Thaksin citizenship - Zee News, March 17, 2010
..."Mr. Shinawatra is a Montenegrin citizen and is now located in Montenegro," police spokeswoman Tamara Ralevic said in the statement. "Police authorities have no basis to take any action against Mr. Shinawatra..."

Deposed Thai premier spotted in Montenegro - Vancouver Sun, March 15, 2010

Thaksin, where are you? - Thaksin still banned from entering Germany: German envoy - The Nation, March 14, 2010

Thaksin insists he's in Europe, not Cambodia - The Nation, March 14, 2010

FM: Thaksin asked to leave UAE - Bangkok Post, March 13, 2010
...“High ranking government official of the UAE had confirmed that the fugitive ex-premier has been asked to leave UAE for having violated an agreement that he will not use the country as base for his political activities”, assistant to the foreign affairs minister Phanich Wikitseth said on Saturday afternoon...

From Red News, October 10, 2009
The pro-Thaksin publications have gone to great lengths to show Thaksin is healthy and has not lost his hair. The title above reads: Police Lieutenant Thaksin Shinnawatra and his new hair style

Thaksin's health - October 16, 2009
In recent weeks a rumor has been circulating that Thaksin is being treated for prostate cancer and has grown thin and lost his hair. Long discussions on Thai web forums compare Thaksin video addresses since the coup and debate his perceived state of health.

(Photo: Frame grab from October 11, 2009 address)

Above is a still from his most recent October 11, 2009 address. Below is one from about a year earlier on November 1, 2008. Adding to the uncertainty of his condition is that recent Thaksin addresses from overseas have been from grainy webcam video links that perhaps indicate his lessening ability to communicate openly from satellite uplinks from known locations in Dubai.

Thaksin's face has never been very animated and the lighting during his addresses is improvised at best, so it is hard to tell, but he does appear thinner in the cheeks.

These two videos also demonstrate the two Thaksin voice tones--a low, moderated tone that is evident when he feels in control. The other is a rapid, high-pitched voice that occurs when he is excited or agitated. Another good example of the high-pitched voice is Thaksin's attempted address on the night of the coup.

A few details from Thai forums on this subject are in this forum post

(Photo: Frame grab from November 1, 2008 address)

Deposed Thai PM eyeing Fiji, Tonga - Pina.com, July 8, 2009

Thai ex-premier Thaksin uses Rhine refuge - Earth Times, June 5, 2009
Thaksin Shinawatra, former Thai prime minister, must have known: For a washed-up leader with practically unlimited money in the kitty, there is no refuge quite like Bonn on the Rhine. Palatial riverside homes behind high walls offer privacy. One can flit away across open borders to nine other nations by car. Bonn people are used to spies and diplomats who resent nosy questions...

Stay by Thai ex-premier Thaksin in Germany triggers fury
- M and C, June 5, 2009
[Thanks to Mud for pointing this out.]
...It said the billionaire, who stated he was living in Bonn's elegant suburb of Bad Godesberg, had been accompanied to the immigration office by a respected lawyer, a retired German police commander and a freelance troubleshooter, Werner Mauss.
It said the clerk was given to understand that Mauss, 69, represented the BND. German diplomats, furious that German relations with Thailand had been endangered, initially accused the BND of engineering the visa. But Mauss had apparently acted independently.

In German: here and here

Nicaragua, UAE asked to detain former PM - The Nicaraguan Post, May 7, 2009
Thailand has lodged official requests with Nicaragua and the United Arab Emirates asking them to arrest Thaksin Shinawatra so he can be returned to serve his two-year prison sentence...

Thaksin extradition requests sent to UAE, Nicaragua - The Nicaraguan Post, May 4, 2009
Thailand has submitted extradition requests through diplomatic channels to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Nicaragua to facilitate the forced repatriation of ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a senior official at the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs said today...

Political Satire: Thaksin to buy Nicaraguan Post - The Nicaraguan Post, April 27, 2009

Political Satire: Shinawatra to join ALBA - The Nicaraguan Post, April 23, 2009

On the trail of Thaksin in Cambodia - Asia Times, May 5, 2009
..."It's confusing," said Koh Kong province deputy governor Eng Kimleang. "Thaksin isn't developing Koh Kong - it's just a Chinese company ... It's just rumors and nothing formal," she said. Like others, she dismisses reports that Thaksin may have recently visited the area as inaccurate...

Tea Banh: Thaksin is not in Cambodia - Bangkok Post,  April 29, 2009
Cambodian Defence Minister Tea Banh talked to defence reporter Wassana Nanuam at the 6th meeting of the General Border Committee, denying rumours that former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra had sneaked into Cambodia after fleeing into self-imposed exile overseas...

Convicted Thaksin holds Montenegro passport - The Nation, April 28, 2009

Govt using all means to corner Thaksin - The Nation, April 28, 2009
...Reports have confirmed that Thaksin is holding a Nicaraguan passport and has been made special ambassador by President Daniel Ortega.
He was also said to have landed in Liberia last week with Montenegro passport and unconfirmed reports say he might also have a Cambodian passport...

Anonymous lady versus Thaksin - The Nation, April 28, 2009

Former Thai PM in Liberia - Star Radio, April 21, 2009

From Not the Nation: Thaksin “Probably” Still On Earth, Police Say

Thaksin claims Thailand's... - FT, April 20, 2009

Interview with exiled former Thai leader Thaksin: 'I'm Like a Rat' - Spiegel Online, April 20, 2009
[This article seems to indicate Thaksin is still in Dubai.]
...Thaksin Shinawatra: It was the government that declared a state of emergency. Even though there was an election, the government used its power in an even worse way than a putsch government. It controls every place, it can seize and search without any warrants, and they don't care about human rights. It's a government that has been given the license to kill. And I have the impression that the phase of "cut-off killings" has begun -- in other words, they are eliminating anyone who knows too much about the conspiracy of those in power against me.
SPIEGEL: Officially, two people died in the latest riots and 123 were injured. Do you dispute these figures?
Thaksin: It is an absolute lie...

Former Thai PM reveals Dubai telecoms plan - ITP, April 19, 2009

Thaksin leaves for Nicaragua - Bangkok Post, April 18, 2009

Thai Foreign Ministry confirms Thaksin holds Nicaraguan passport - TNA, April 17, 2009

Did Thaksin not actually receive a Nicaraguan passport? - The Nation, April 17, 2009

I’m out of here - 7Days, April 16, 2009
...“The government can talk all they want but it’s not going to stop us. Every Thai person is entitled to a passport and it cannot simply be revoked,” a spokesman travelling with Thaksin said last night.
...The revocation of Thaksin’s passport stepped up the Thai government’s campaign against the billionaire former prime minister, who now lives in Dubai’s Emirates Hills....

Nicaragua gave former Thai PM diplomatic passport - AFP, April 16, 2009

Former Thai PM Thaksin appeals to king - Reuters, April 16, 2009

Scathing media cartoon burns sensitive nerve of Cambodia about ties with Thailand - People's Daily, April 14, 2009
A scathing political cartoon has angered the Cambodian government at this sensitive time of the Cambodian-Thai ties, and pushed the publisher into an awkward situation. The government is demanding a written explanation for the recently-printed newspaper cartoon depicting Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra playing golf together...

Thai protests: ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra warns of fresh violence - Telegraph, April 14, 2009

Capturing Thaksin - April 15, 2009
Matthew writes: On 2Bangkok today, you wondered about Thaksin's location for his CNN interview. Well, he gave another CNN interview and while the ticker at the bottom of the screen said "undisclosed location" (as presumably pre-arranged with Thaksin), the caption at the top of the screen said "Dubai"! So the secret is out. I put a photo on twitter yesterday...

Another readers points out:

Former Thai PM sees political crisis from Dubai - YouTube, April 14, 2009

(Source: CNN)

Is the "revolution" is being conducted from Dubai? - April 14, 2009
Is there enough information in this CNN screen grab to determine what country Thaksin is in? We have been trying to link the background above to the offices of Thaksin's PR firm in Hong Kong, Upstream Asia, without success.

Below is a screen grab from a March 6, 2009 FEER interview in Dubai. The unusual red band seems somewhat similar to the red band in the photo above.

Update: A reader notes: He cannot have been in HKG – it was a live interview and it would have been dark in HKG. There is daylight coming through the window. Looks like a newsroom given the people in the background. CNN in Media City in Dubai is a good bet... Thaksin and family are regulars in the malls in Dubai – there is little else to do there – and his kids fly EK. Thaksin is now rumored to be using an executive jet from NetJets rather than flying commercial.

(Source: FEER)

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