Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra accused his detractors on Thursday of “false patriotism” for the way they have reacted to his appointment as economic advisor to Cambodia.
He was speaking at his first official engagement in the role, before 300 economists and officials at the Ministry of Finance in Phnom Penh.
Thaksin was ousted as prime minister by a military coup after being accused of corruption and showing disrespect to the country’s constitutional monarch
He is currently living in exile to avoid a two year prison term imposed by a criminal court for corruption.
On Wednesday Thailand formally requested his extradition only to have it rejected out of hand by Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Cambodia said Thaksin’s conviction was politically motivated and therefore not covered by the countries’ extradition treaty.