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28 August 2009 :: 01:08:53 am 33002

Pm: Audio Clip Was Edited to Incite Violence

BANGKOK, Aug 27 (TNA) - Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday asserted his voice was edited in an audio clip that was heard ordering security forces to suppress the anti-government protesters mid-April in an attempt to incite violence.
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The premier made the statement following the circulation of the clip via Internet, instructing security forces to use violence against the protesters of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) during the April chaos in order that the government could use the incident as an excuse to impose an Emergency Decree to control the situation.

Mr Abhisit admitted the voice heard in the clip is his voice, but the content is not what he had said.

“The audio clip was edited because the level of sound was different,” said the prime minister, “I affirmed that I have never said such words in such a combination.”

The premier stated that his policy to deal with the so-called Red Shirt protesters is clearly based on the rule of law and respect of human rights.

Mr Abhisit said he was ready to clarify any doubts regarding the audio clip and blame those behind the edited clip as having an intention to hurt the country and incite violence. He also warned that the action might have violated the law.

The premier said he had clues that some people who disseminated the audio clip belong to a political party and have close ties with the ‘the former prime minister’s network and they must be held responsible if the audio clip is proven to be edited.

“It’s incredible that they have used dirty tactics aiming to cause disturbances in the country,” said Mr Abhisit, “I will take legal action against those who involved with the audio clip.”

The prime minister said he has instructed National Police Chief Pol Gen Patcharawat Wongsuwan to check the authenticity of the clip and its source.

Special Branch commander Pol Lt-Gen Theeradej Rodphothong said the examination result is expected within Friday.

Special Branch Police are now checking who had released the clip, saying it was first aired at a Red Shirt rally in Udon Thani province.

“It is still unconfirmed whether the voice heard in the clip is the premier’s,”  said Gen Theeradej, admitting that “if the clip is not real, it is seamlessly edited.”

Meanwhile, opposition Puea Thai Party member of parliament and key UDD leader Jatuporn Prompan said the prime minister and his Cabinet should resign if the clip turned out to be authentic.

Mr Jatuporn said he had listened to the clip “some time ago” and said he was praying it was not of the voice of the prime minister.

However, Mr Jatuporn commented the speech was so smooth it sounded to be authentic. He added the opposition party would not have accused the premier on the matter, as a use of a “dirty tactic” is not its style.

The Puea Thai MP said he had no idea who began using the clip, but that Mr Abhisit himself must be aware what he had said to whom.

“Mr Abhisit must himself prove it if he claims the clip was edited,” said Mr Jatuporn. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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