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Several thousand protesters gathered outside the British Embassy in Bangkok on Tuesday to demand that London extradite former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to face criminal charges at home.

Thaksin and his wife fled to Britain last week rather than face the charges against them before the Supreme Court, which has issued warrants for their arrest. Thaksin explained his decision to flee in an open letter saying that he could not expect a fair trial in Thailand.

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