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Gen Prayut Gives Public Warning to Thaksin Shinawatra



Chiang Rai Times

Thailand’s Junta Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha


BANGKOK – Thailand’s Junta Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha warned Thaksin Shinawatra on Thursday to cease making political comments, or the junta would take further action against him.

Gen Prayut said the decision by the Foreign Ministry to revoke Thaksin Shinawatra’s two passports was made after his latest public comments slamming the Privy council.

Thaksin Shinawatra attacked privy Councillors in an interview with Chosun Ilbo in Seoul on May 20, saying they were behind the military coup last year.

The coup toppled the interim government of caretaker prime minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan of the Pheu Thai Party and Gen Prayut, the army commander-in-chief at the time, took control.

Thaksin Shinawatra, who was in the South Korean capital last week for the Asian Leadership Conference, said in the interview on the sidelines of the meeting that his sister Yingluck had been targeted by the coup, to remove her from power, just as he had been in 2006.

Gen. Prayut told authorities have been ordered to continue a lese majeste inquiry against Thaksin.

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