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Former Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrives at Bangkok's Don Mueang International airport on Thursday. 

 

By Kocha Olarn, Irene Nasser and Rhea Mogul, CNN


(CNN)Former Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa flew by private jet from Singapore to Thailand on Thursday, according to a high-ranking police official with direct knowledge of his movements.

 

The source said Rajapaksa's jet landed at Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport and that his stay in Thailand will be treated confidentially.


Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Tanee Sangrat said in a social media post Wednesday that Thailand had received a request from Rajapaksa to enter the country.

 

Full story: https://edition.cnn.com/2022/08/11/asia/sri-lanka-gotabaya-rajapaksa-thailand-intl/index.html

 

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Typical Thai thoughts if you have money we don't care how you got it but as long as we can have some you can stay  maybe stay with cha-cha give him some tips

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Dumb despots, once they've plundered their country's economy, don't know when to quit before it's too late, and rarely seem to have an exit plan.

 

If he had commonsence and forward planning, he should, with all his ill-gotten wealth, be leading the good life now in say Dubai or Paris, not wandering around Asia on short visas.

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All the while the Thais were obedient to the whistles of PR China; Dalai Lama and - in a separate attempt - Dalai Lama's sister were denied entry to Thailand. It did not help, that Dalai Lama had no diplomatic immunity while the top Ceylonese crook seems to still enjoy presidential privileges.

As he is not visiting Thailand in his official function (which gave him diplomatic immunity to start with) nor on Sri Lanka's "Air Force One" his trip could have been queried. The Sri Lankans on the other hand might be well advised to renounce his diplomatic status which would make it easier for everyone to present the gentleman to the highest courts of his land to explain, if what when how and what for .....

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I might have had a little sympathy for him if he flew in on Air Asia, cattle class but private jet! That's taking the <deleted>.

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5 hours ago, bdenner said:

I might have had a little sympathy for him if he flew in on Air Asia, cattle class but private jet! That's taking the <deleted>.

An earlier report stated he flew in on a chartered plane. Thai TV showed him emerge from the terminal and climb into a blacked out limo then drive away in a convoy of "'minder mobiles'  the last two being identical yellow SUVs. Why hasn't Sri Lanka revoked his diplomatic status? 

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14 hours ago, spidermike007 said:

This guy is more or less an exiled despot. Let us hope Thailand does not become the new Dubai, with it's embrace of super rich exiled men with nowhere else to go. 

All the while, Thailand's subliminal and perpetual policies of forced/volunteer exile of it's own, of diverse backgrounds, continues on - has it has for decades. 

 

The paradox.

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Say's it all about Thailand, offering freedom from leaders from Different countries you only have to think of Pol Pot who committed the Genocide of millions of Cambodians given an easy life in Northern Thailand. Who will be next given the red carpet at Don Muang Putin.   

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50 minutes ago, BarraMarra said:

Say's it all about Thailand, offering freedom from leaders from Different countries you only have to think of Pol Pot who committed the Genocide of millions of Cambodians given an easy life in Northern Thailand. Who will be next given the red carpet at Don Muang Putin.   

You must be confusing a couple of well known opium/war lords with Pol Pot, as Phem was never offered an invitation to reside in northern Thailand nor ever came close to taking up residence there. Though, it was said that he did occupy a short term living situation on the borderlands [Sa Kaew and Trat] back during those turbulent and brutal times. 

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