Pattaya Daily News

26 July 2009 :: 02:07:04 am 35752

Pm: More Time Needed to Consider Conflicting Information on Sondhi Case

BANGKOK, July 25 -- Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Saturday afternoon he needed a day or two more to consider conflicting evidence and evaluations on the attempted murder of Sondhi Limthongkul in April.
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Mr Abhisit said he had received police reports Friday on the attempted murder of Mr Sondhi, a leader of the People?s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), and found that several items of information in the reports were different.

Evidence given by Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, responsible for domestic security, has its own sources, Mr Abhisit said, adding that he would not comment now.

Stressing that the attempted murder is not related to politics, Mr Abhisit said if he must make a decision on the case, consider all the information and then take appropriate action.

Mr Sondhi was ambushed by gunmen in a pick-up truck on his way to work on April 17. He was hit by gunfire but recovered after an operation.

The media magnate is a key PAD leader, the so-called “Yellow Shirts”, whose leaders now face charges related to the seizure of Bangkok’s two commercial airports late last year in their mass protests against the then government of Somchai Wongsawat, a major ally of convicted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Meanwhile, Mr Suthep denied press reports on having conflicts with Mr. Abhisit over the plan to remove national police chief Pol Gen Patcharawat Wongsuwan for the delay over the case.

Suthep said deputy national police chief Pol Gen Thani Somboonsap, who supervised the investigation on the shooting of the media mogul, reported to him Friday on the progress of the investigation.

He said Gen Thani would continue to head the investigation team although the police officer is about to retire from service soon? as he believed more warrants could be issued in the case. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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