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Thaksin feels heat after chilly London

Admiral Bannawit Kengrien, a member of the National Legislative Assembly, has ruled out any possibility of Thaksin Shinawatra returning to Thailand.

"He will never return to Thailand, not to mention entering politics again," he said.

He added that there would be several legal cases against Thaksin because he had weakened the military in the five years of his rule.

Meanwhile, Thaksin's legal adviser Noppadon Pattama said yesterday that the deposed premier had no political plans and was travelling in Asia because he was ill-prepared for the severe winter in London.

Noppadon also dismissed press reports that Thaksin would head for Singapore after ending his current holiday in Bali, saying his client's next destination would be either Hong Kong or mainland China.

"Thaksin is enjoying his stay in Bali and wants to assure authorities that he is not planning any political activities at the moment," Noppadon said, referring to a telephone conversation with his client on Tuesday.

Authorities should not try to make an issue out of Thaksin's Asian tour, he said.

"Thaksin will definitely not go to Vietnam while the Apec meeting is in progress this weekend," he said, denying rumours that his client was trying to arrange a secret meeting with Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont.

He also said Thaksin had no concerns over the court battle that could lead to the dissolution of the Thai Rak Thai Party and would allow due process to run its course.

"If and when Thaksin decides to come back to Thailand, he will do so openly with a fanfare arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport," he said.

Thaksin looked relaxed but sweaty yesterday as he enjoyed a round of golf at a resort on Bali, where he hopes to spend the next week after arriving on Wednesday.

"I am fine, but hot," Thaksin told a dozen photographers waiting for a glimpse of him at the Nirwana Golf Club's ninth hole. 

He told reporters after his game that he wanted to stay in Bali for a week with his sister and daughter before heading to Perth, Australia, or one of the Chinese cities of Shenzen or Beijing.

 "I have been working hard for many years, I'd like to take some

time to relax," said Thaksin, adding he wanted to eventually return to Thailand, as "it is my home".

Asked if he was holding any meetings while in Bali or had plans to invest, he said: "I don't have a plan. I'm just here to play golf and enjoy the sunset."

Meanwhile, former Thai Rak Thai Party executive board member Suranand Vejjajiva lashed out at Thaksin's critics for accusing him of instigating a political undercurrent with his high-profile appearances.

"I am not sure if the critics are mentally sick. Thaksin is a colourful person and that's why he attracts media attention. He is travelling because he just wants to have a holiday,'' he said.

He said that the government should allow Thaksin to return and tell him the conditions.

Supreme Commander Gen Bunsang Niampradit downplayed the notion that Thaksin's public appearance in neighbouring countries would create a strong political undercurrent. "If we get excited about these developments, we cannot do anything. We have to be firm and not use the imagination too much,'' he said.

The Nation/AP

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