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Their owner is in exile, a warrant is out for his arrest, his stolen millions have been frozen ...............................

oh dear, poor old citeh!!!

Ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has said he will not return to Thailand from the UK.

In a statement released to the Thai media, Mr Thaksin said he and his wife would remain in the UK, "where democracy is more important".

Mr Thaksin is on bail over corruption charges but failed to make a scheduled Bangkok court appearance on Monday. Thailand's Supreme Court has now issued an arrest warrant for the billionaire, who owns Manchester City football club. Mr Thaksin says the charges are politically motivated and an attempt to remove him from politics.

The former leader had been due to return to the Thai capital on Sunday after a court allowed him to attend the Olympic Games opening in Beijing. (He bottled it and ran - rd)

He and his wife - who is on bail pending an appeal after she was jailed for three years for tax fraud - were to appear before the Supreme Court in a case involving the allegedly unlawful purchase of land.

Instead Mr Thaksin issued a statement announcing his decision not to return home. "What happened to me and my family and my close relations resulted from efforts to get rid of me from politics," he said in the hand-written statement.

"These are my political enemies. They don't care about the rule of law, facts or internationally recognised due process." Mr Thaksin apologised to the Thai people for his decision to live in the UK, where his daughter is attending university and where he owns several properties, as well as the Manchester City football club.

"If I am fortunate enough, I will return and die on Thai soil, just like other Thais," he said.

Observers have said that the former prime minister may attempt to claim political asylum in the UK, but there was no reference to this in the statement.
Thailand's Supreme Court reacted swiftly.

"The court sees that the defendants have broken their bail terms. Therefore, it issues an arrest warrant and orders their bail bonds to be seized," a statement said.

The court had agreed to try several cases against Thaksin Shinawatra for allegedly abusing his power during his five years in office.

Last month, the former prime minister's wife was jailed for tax fraud - a verdict that must have come as a shock to Mr Thaksin, analysts say.

The businessman was the first Thai prime minister to serve a full term in office. But he was ousted in a military coup in 2006, banned from politics for five years and his Thai Rak Thai party outlawed.

He returned from exile in the UK in March after his political allies in the People's Power Party (PPP) set up a coalition government.

But since then the PPP-led coalition has faced repeated challenges and its leader, Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, has faced numerous calls to step down.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7553028.stm
 
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It would be nice if he had to sell off their star players to raise cash :D

I wonder if the FA still consider him a 'fit and proper person'? :rolleyes:
 

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Makes me laugh really i said to a couple of mates that he was dodgy with all this tax evation and money laundering, but city being city let him buy the club. They will be selling a few players me thinks. Plus i hear through a spurs friend of mine that corluka and his agent are trying to take city to court to get the move corluka wants. I could see this being another leeds sitution :D
 

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thaksin is a great prime minister and a great business man, but about the problems that happened made him into to troubles that he now moves to manchester and bought man city by borrowing his friends money and he thought that he'll get his money back. now when he returns he needs to fight in the court abt it and itll take many years to clear it off now he flew back to manchester and said he wont return, he is scared of getting murdered by the others who hate him
 

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Rumours in the press today of an FA investigation and Hughesy resigning.

Even if neither are true it's still hilarious!!! :D
 

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City are up for sale I thought ...

Shove them on EBay .... :rolleyes:
sod that! I have only got 10p, we will have to have a whip round to raise the necessary £1.

Who says Thaksin is a great pm, zense? - he is a corrupt, money grabbing, stealing from the poor, robbing git who is getting his just deserts. The guy is so corrupt he make Abramobitch look like a saint.
 

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he is a corrupt, money grabbing, stealing from the poor, robbing git who is getting his just deserts. The guy is so currupt he make Abramobitch look like a saint.
Breaking news that Gorden Brown has offered to take Citeh off Thaksins hands! :eek: ;) :D
 

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We aren't up for sale. Garry Cook has announce on Sky Sports News today:
Thaksin Shinawatra remains committed to his "10-year vision" for Manchester City, according to executive chairman Garry Cook.

The club's owner is seeking refuge in Britain after he and his wife skipped a court hearing in Bangkok.

Shinawatra is facing a series of corruption and fraud charges, while his wife Pojaman is currently on bail after being handed a three-year prison sentence for fraud.

However, Cook has denied that the shock development would destabilise the club.

"City's future is not in jeopardy," Cook told the Manchester Evening News.

Business as usual
"In the short term, it is business as usual. We don't rely on Dr Thaksin's money.

"When Mark Hughes makes a decision we go through the normal process, which can include banks, finance, or a whole bunch of different things just like any other club."

Cook claims that the former Thai Prime Minister - who denies all charges against him - might look in the long term to get extra investment in through 'partnership' deals.

"He is willing to look at whatever it takes to make City a great football club," added Cook. "This is a guy who loves City."

Cook spent time with Thaksin in Beijing before he returned to England.

"I gave him an update on the club and we talked about new player acquisitions," said Cook.

"We also talked over dinner about why he had bought the club and his intentions.

"It was really clear he wants to be at this football club for the next 10 years.

"He wants to build a dynasty and he was disappointed that people think he wanted to get in and back out."
We'll still be in the Premiership next season, and we'll still be fighting for a UEFA Cup spot come May
 

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Love it if Gordon Brown took them over i'd love it, just love it lol. That club's f*cked and they know they are lmfao :D
 

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seems a long time now since the press reports about Ronaldinho joining ManC.

"You've got salt and pepper on your hot dog stands - CITY IS A BIG CLUB!!!"
 

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seems a long time now since the press reports about Ronaldinho joining ManC.

"You've got salt and pepper on your hot dog stands - CITY IS A BIG CLUB!!!"
Now there was very little need for that was there? I was attempting a conversation about my club, nothing offensive about United, but wanted to put across a different pov, and you say that. Not really called for was it.
 
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