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30 January 2010 :: 14:01:16 pm 11498

Assassination Plan: Security Tightened for Thai Officials

Security has been tightened at the homes of a number of top Thai officials -- judges, National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) members and former members of the now disbanded Assets Examination Committee (AEC) -- following remarks by Maj-Gen Khattiya Sawasdipol that assassination plot was planned against some of them, said Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban on Saturday.
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Bangkok, the 30th of January 2010 [TNA]: There should be no worry about the remarks made by Gen Khattiya, Mr Suthep said, but as a precaution, security officials have been posted at residences of prominent judges, and members of the NACC and the AEC.

Controversial Gen Khattiya, also known as ‘Seh Deang’, on Wednesday warned of an assassination plot was planned against court judges, members of NACC and the now dissolved AEC, all of which are related to the decision later this month on former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s assets.

Gen Khattiya said his warnings were usually correct. The judging panel who are scheduled to hand down a verdict on February 26 on whether the Bt76 billion in frozen assets were accumulated illegally while Thaksin Shinawatra was prime minister and, thus, should be seized.

Mr Thaksin was ousted in a bloodless coup in September 2006. Mr Suthep said there are “high chances in future” for Gen Khattiya to go to jail. His remarks were made after police have charged him with possessing military weapons without authorization after authorities searched his home and the living quarters of his aide on January 21 and seized a cache of weapons and ammunition.

The raids followed an M79 grenade attack on army headquarters on January 15. Officials suspected Gen Khattiya, a Red Shirt supporter, of involvement in the grenade attack on army headquarters, but he has denied it. (TNA)

Reporter : Methawee   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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