Wikinews Shorts: June 12, 2007

A compilation of brief news reports for Tuesday, June 12, 2007.

Thai junta says Thaksin can come home

File photo of Thaksin Shinawatra

Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra may return to Thailand if he wishes, interim Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont and Council for National Security chairman General Sonthi Boonyaratglin said today.

Thaksin's lawyer, Noppadon Pattama, indicated that Thaksin, in exile since a coup led by Sonthi last year, will soon return to Thailand so that he may appeal the seizure of his assets by the Assets Examination Committee.



Malaysian official warns of terrorism in Malacca Strait

The Strait of Malacca separates Sumatra in the south from the Malay Peninsula in the north.

Royal Malaysian Police Inspector-General Musa Hassan said at a maritime security meeting today that there is a "real and possible" threat of terrorism in the Strait of Malacca, which is shared by Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

The strait, through which passes 40 percent of the world's trade, has had a drop in incidences of piracy, but Hassan says he fears a LP gas vessel could be commandeered for a suicide mission.