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Ex-Thai PM Thaksin spotted in Montenegro

April 26, 2010 8:37pm
PODGORICA, Montenegro — Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra says his supporters protesting in Bangkok "just fight for democracy."

Thaksin said in Montenegro Monday that he is in contact with the demonstrators who have been camped in a shopping area of the Thai capital for 24 days.

Thaksin says that "we just fight for democracy, let them fight for democracy and justice."

Thaksin is a billionaire businessman who fled Thailand in 2008 on a conflict of interest charge. He has acquired a Montenegrin passport.

Thaksin says that "this is my country ... I am now Montenegrin." He says he is looking for investment opportunities in the Adriatic country.

Britain, Germany and other states have barred Thaksin, but Montenegro says there is no international warrant for his arrest. — AP