Podgorica | 25 March 2010 | Bojana Barlovac
The head of Montenegro’s Interpol Office, Dejan Djurovic, has announced that Montenegro will not extradite Thaksin Shinawatra, the ex-prime minister of Thailand. Addressing reporters in Podgorica on Wednesday, Djurovic said “Shinawatra is our citizen, and Montenegro can only extradite its citizens to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.“
Shinawatra was ousted in a military coup in 2006 and was later sentenced in absentia to two years‘ imprisonment for corruption and abuse of an official position. He fled shortly before his sentence was pronounced and has since then lived mostly in London and Dubai. He is believed to have citizenship of Uganda and Nicaragua as well.
Last Friday, Montenegrin police confirmed that Shinawatra holds Montenegrin citizenship and is located in Montenegro but police did not reveal if Interpol was informed about the case, as Shinawatra is on its warrant list.
Djurovic said that Montenegro was looking for 232 persons through Interpol, mostly for crimes related to fraud and narcotics trafficking. He pointed out that Montenegro would immediately extradite suspected drug boss Darko Saric to Serbia if he was found on Montenegro’s territory, „because he is a Serbian citizen and Serbia has issued an international arrest warrant for cocaine smuggling,“ he explained.