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Thailand's Supreme Court has denied ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra permission to travel to China and Britain as his first corruption case is set to go to trial, an official said yesterday.

Thaksin was required to surrender his passport after he was arraigned on corruption charges, but the courts so far have regularly granted him permission to travel overseas.

He has made several trips to Britain, where he owns the Manchester City Premier League football club, while also travelling around Asia.

But the Supreme Court on June 24 rejected a request to visit China and Britain, saying Thaksin had not provided enough reason to justify his travels.

"The judge ruled that while the court is in the process of deliberations, receiving testimony and other evidence, his request for travel was not justified," a court official said, in the first public comments on the issue.

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