The Thai Criminal Court has today approved an arrest warrant for former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on terrorism charges. The Thai government have accused Thaksin of being one of the key figures behind the recent unrest in Bangkok. The arrest warrant was approved following a presentation of evidence by the Thai authorities. A number of red shirt leaders also face terrorism charges.
The arrest warrant may have been approved, but it will be up to the attorney general to enforce it. In August 2008, Thaksin failed to show for a scheduled court appearance just before he was found guilty of corruption charges and he has been in living in exile from Thailand ever since. Thaksin has previously claimed that the charges against him are politically motivated.