A media mogul and key leader of the People’s Alliance for Democracy condemned former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as a liar who was seeking to destroy Thailand’s reputation with false reports to foreign media agencies.
Key leader of the People’s Alliance for Democracy or PAD Sondhi Limthongkul condemned fugitive former PM Thaksin Shinawatra during his morning television talk show. He said Thaksin not only provoked his red-shirt supporters into rioting in cities across the country, but then distorted the facts and tried to destroy the country’s reputation during interviews with the foreign media.
Sondhi said Thaksin lied when he told foreign media outlets the Army had killed dozens of red-shirt protesters, and then accused the Thai media of concealing the deaths from the public.
Sondhi also pointed out that the man Thaksin claimed had been shot dead by the Army, Sawai Thong-oam, was in fact still alive and that the medical team treating him says he was not shot by military ammunition.
Sondhi said Thaksin has never respected his own supporters, but only uses them as disposable political tools.
Sondhi also praised Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva for what he said was his cool-headed response to the red-shirt demonstrations. But he suggested Abhisit remove some Cabinet members and other state officials who appear to have sided with Thaksin. He named the National Police chief, the Navy chief and some officers with the Foreign Ministry as among those who should be removed.
Sondhi also heaped scorn on TPBS TV-station for inviting a controversial newspaper editor who is a key red-shirt member to join a discussion yesterday. He said the publicly-financed station should not invite anyone who participated in the red-shirt demonstrations.
Al Jazeeras Dan Nolan met up with Thaksin in Dubai
Deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is reportedly staying in a luxurious hotel in Dubai, where he had an interview with Dan Noral from the Aljazeera news agency.
In an interview with Dan Nolan, Al Jazeera
Thaksin, who is currently charged with inciting red-shirt protests in Thailand, denied the accusations made by the Thai government, saying that he is sorry the incident occurred, but he is unable to take responsibility since he was not involved in the red-shirt rally. Thaksin said he always warned key leaders to protest peacefully.
The exiled PM repeated that Thais have to compromise to end the conflict, and said the Thai government needs to initiate the compromise, not him.
When the Aljazeera reporter asked him whether he is disappointed that His Majesty the King did not interfere in the political upheaval, Thaksin replied that he is not disappointed and that the King is asked to get involved only in times of crisis.
In an interview with FRANCE 24
However, when Thaksin spoke to French television, ‘France 24′, he asked that His Majesty the King help resolve the political chaos despite the fact that his red-shirt supporters were the ones who caused the riots over the past two weeks.
He claimed that His Majesty the King is the only one who can put an end to the ongoing political turmoil and restore harmony among Thais; otherwise there could be more violent confrontations.
When asked whether he will return to Thailand to face the charges against him, Thaksin said he will only return when there is an unbiased institution to judge his corruption cases, and there must be three courts-not just one that is his political enemy.
Thaksin repeated that he does not want to become prime minister again, since he is already 60 years old. He added that if the people still need him he is ready to return to work for the country.