Thaksin teaches

People and governments aroung the world learn from the Fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra everyday. Thaksin high profile game of catch me if you can is having fallout for others who are in the same boat as Thaksin.

Connecting the Dots came across this news story and we could not resist putting it up for your reading pleasure. The parallels with Thaksin are uncanny and it hard not to assume the Malawi authorities learned from watching Thaksin.

DCO Thailand

Malawi authorities seize ex-president’s passport

LILONGWE (Reuters) – Malawi authorities have seized the passport of former President Bakili Muluzi, who faces corruption charges, and barred him from leaving the country, a senior official said Saturday.

Muluzi was scheduled to leave for the United Kingdom for a medical check-up next Wednesday, but Saturday was informed he must not go abroad, his lawyer Jay Banda told Reuters.

“We have seized his passport because there are some things we have to look into before he leaves for the UK,” Anti-Corruption Bureau director Alex Nampota told Reuters.

Banda said the bureau had received anonymous calls last night that Muluzi did not plan to come back after traveling to Britain. He said the claims were politically motivated and unfounded.

Muluzi has been under investigation for the last two years on suspicion of siphoning money from Taiwan, Morocco, Libya and other donors. He was arrested in February and charged with 87 counts of diverting money into his private account. He denies any wrongdoing.

Muluzi, who ruled the southern African nation for 10 years, stepped down in 2004 after unsuccessfully trying to change the constitution to allow him to stand again.

He was barred from contesting in this years’ May presidential elections, but backed his former rival John Tembo of the Malawi Congress Party. The alliance lost the election to Bingu Wa Mutharika.

One Response to Thaksin teaches

  1. Too bad the Thai gov’t is not smart enough to learn from others before Thaksin left.

    As they say in Thai “Gop Nai Gala” or the frog who lives in the coconut shell has no awareness of it’s surroundings. Perfect analogy for the Thai gov’t.