BANGKOK – Thailand’s Military Led National Council for Peace and Order has summoned Dr.Surapong Tovichakchaikul a key member of the Pheu Thai Party for talks after he alleged that the impeachment of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was politically motivated.
Gen Prayuth Chan-o-cha ordered the NCPO to bring in Dr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, the former deputy premier and foreign minister under Ms Yingluck, on Wednesday. Lt Gen Kampanart Ruddit, 1st Army Region commander, told the Bangkok Post he was aware of the summons, but would preferred not to sate what day the former foreign minister was told to come.
“Whether we’ll talk with him and then let him go home, or invite him to stay overnight at our camp to adjust his attitude depends on his behaviour. If he refuses to cooperate, we’ll have his financial transactions scrutinised,” he said.
When he reports, Dr. Surpong also will be asked to explain comments supporting controversial remarks given in a speech Monday by US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel.
“The government should understand Mr Russel’s warning if they are wise, as the US is our ally, not our enemy,” Mr Surapong told reporters Tuesday. “He emphasised that the voice of the majority should be heard.”