Kasit: Thaksin’s behind Sondhi attack

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Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya has accused former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra of being involved in the failed attack on People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) leader Sondhi Limthongkul, saying he believed he and four other ministers could also be targeted.

Delivering a speech at the Asia Society in New York, Mr Kasit said Mr Sondhi was involved in the ousting of the Thaksin government in 2006 and in the anti-Thaksin protest last year.

This could be the reason for the attempt on the PAD leader’s life on April 17, Mr Kasit said.

After Thaksin failed with his populist movement, he may attempt to assassinate his opponents, the minister claimed.

Mr Kasit  believed he and other four other cabinet members could also be Thaksin’s targets. He had felt like he was being detained over the past two weeks because he was surrounded by armed navy officers.

“If we want to fight till death, only ashes would remain,” said the minister.

On the military and police crackdown on the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) protesters last week, he said a civil war may erupt if a single protester died by the hands of the authorities during the riot.

He said the government must not tolerate any kind of protest that leads to violence.

It would also be pointless to pretend that everything was still normal, he said

Bangkok Post

Thaksin accused of being behind attack on Sondhi

Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya has accused outlawed former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra of being involved in the failed attack on People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) leader Sondhi Limthongkul last Friday.

“Thaksin failed with the populist movement and now I think he has resorted to some sort of assassination attempt,” Mr Kasit said in a speech to the Asia Society in New York.

He did not provide any evidence to back his claim, but made it clear he believed that he and four other cabinet ministers were also possible targets for  assassination.

“I have been feeling I have been in captivity for the past few weeks,” he said.

“In the last several weeks I’m surrounded by several fully armed marines.”

If there is “fighting to the death”, he added, then “several of us would go to the ashes”.

Mr Kasit said Mr Sondhi was supposed to have lunch with him the day he was attacked.

The foreign minister said he was worried there could be civil war in Thailand if it was proven a single red-shirt was killed by the authorities in the military crackdown on rioting members of the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) in Bangkok last week.

“If there were to be any one death caused by the security forces, I think Thailand is a situation that would turn itself into a civil war,” he said.

He said the government must not tolerate any kind of protest that leads to violence.

It would also be pointless to pretend that everything was normal, he said.

UDD core leader Jatuporn Prompan rejected Mr Kasit’s accusation that Thaksin was behind the attack on Mr Sondhi.

He accused Mr Kasit of distorting the facts, saying Mr Kasit likes to malign others when he has nothing to say, even without having any evidence.

Mr Jatuporn is a Puea Thai MP who evaded arrest for his strident encouragement of the red-shirt  protest  by claiming parliamentary privilege. Other core leaders of the rioting have been arrested  with the exception of Jakrapob Penkair,  who has been exhorting red-shirts to further rebel from an undisclosed location. He is thought to have fled the country.

Bangkok Post

Sondhi shot & Abhisit interviewed @ BBC updated news

April 17,2009

The leader of Thailand yellow-shrited postest movement has been shot and hurt in an apparent assassination attempt.

 

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