The Thai government is seeking the extradition of former Thai prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, on terrorism charges. An arrest warrant was approved by a Thai criminal court on Tuesday.
Thaksin is accused of being the mastermind behind the violent protests that held Thailand's capital, Bangkok, in its grip for the last two months. Eighty-eight people were killed as a result of the protests.
Thaksin has already been convicted and sentenced to a two-year prison sentence for a conflict of interest involving his commercial businesses. Thaksin now spends most of his time in Dubai and is believed to have recently been issued a passport by Montenegro.
The current prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, says that Thaksin being wanted on terrorism charges will make it easier for him to be extradited to Thailand.
Thaksin has a large following from the rural poor in Thailand. He made himself popular by taking measures to help the country's poor and stirring up a sense of injustice among them.