News Leading Up to the Coup: September, 2006

Panlop warns of coup by 'Thaksin's officers' - Bangkok Post, September 15, 2006
Former deputy chief of the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) Panlop Pinmanee has warned a coup d'etat may be staged by government-loyalist soldiers bent on ''setting up a new order'' in the armed forces. Gen Panlop, dismissed from the Isoc reportedly in connection with the alleged car bomb against caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, said no soldiers, except those favouring Mr Thaksin, have the power to bring about change militarily...

Tense times at work, at home for Thaksin - The Nation, September 14, 2006
Cruel plan disclosed – Thaksin would have been shot if bomb assassination had failed - translated and summarized from Thai Rath, September 9, 2006
The recent car bomb assassination attempt on Caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is showing signs of becoming even more intriguing, according to reports that have been circulating after a recent meeting between government officials and the police officers investigating the case.
Lieutenant-General Montri Jumroon (the Commander of the Central Investigation Bureau who is in charge of the case) met with government officials on September 8 (9:00 am) at the Office of the Crime Suppression Division. The meeting came soon after the press revealed the confession that investigators had earlier obtained from Sergeant-Major Chakhrit Janthara. Chakhrit is a prime suspect in the case, and the only suspect who has yet to disclose any details of the plan to kill Caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. It is believed that Chakhrit has revealed - to police investigators alone - the names of the high-ranking military officers involved in the crime.
Major-General Jate Mongkholhatthee (the police spokesman for the case) was reported to have been extremely upset with Chakhrit’s actions in disclosing information to the press that he had earlier given the police. Chakrit is now being more closely controlled and observed, and two police commando officers are known to be guarding him twenty-four hours a day.
Chakhrit also confessed a second ‘back up’ plan to kill the premier. He claimed that the PM would have been assassinated by gunfire, if the bomb plot on his life had been carried out and had been unsuccessful.
The Ministry of Defense Permanent Secretary said that the four military officers - suspected of involvement in the crime - have yet to be suspended from their duties. Top Royal Thai Army commanders will soon have to make the decision whether to suspend the four suspects.

Preparing for the PM's decision

Premier 'bares all' on show - The Nation, September 13, 2006
The first of three episodes of caretaker Prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's "Open up" interview programme hosted by former Thai Rak Thai MP Chakraphan Yomjinda will be aired this morning on Channel 5, a source from the Sanam Pao Station said.
The episode on his political future will be aired on Friday...

TV tape has PM saying he may bow out - Bangkok Post, September 13, 2006

PM's spokesman airs uncertainty about Mr. Thaksin's continued role - TNA, September 12, 2006
Whether or not caretaker prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will continue as head of government after the next general election remains uncertain, said Government Spokesman Dr. Surapong Suebwonglee...

Somkid meets leading Thai Rak Thai members - The Nation, September 12, 2006

TRT's voter base wont' be affected if PM steps aside, says minister - TNA, September 12, 2006
The ruling Thai Rak Thai (TRT) Party's voter base will not be affected if Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra decides to step aside from politics after the upcoming general election, according to Somchai Sunthornvut, who heads the TRT members of parliament (MP) team...

Political situation is improving, says Government Spokesman - TNA, September 12, 2006
Thailand's political situation is improving, as the next general election is approaching, Government Spokesman Surapong Suebwonglee said here on Monday...

Thaksin to announce soon whether to break: Somchai - The Nation, September 11, 2006
Caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will probably make known his stance on whether to take a break from politics very soon, according to Somchai Sunthornvut, the caretaker deputy interior minister...

Thai government confirms attempts of military coup - Xinhua, September 12, 2006
[...granddaughter of Thaksin (?)]
High tension in Thailand

Security tightened at CSD after phone call from military officer - Bangkok Post, September 11, 2006
Security has been tightened at the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) after a high-ranking military officer telephoned to voice dissatisfaction about the police investigation into the alleged bomb plot against caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a source said. The officer warned the police to be careful about giving information to the media and about the way police are building their case, which might implicate many senior military officers, according to the source.
The source said a group of conservative military officers was outraged by the CSD's inquiries and media reports about alleged assassination plots. They believe the plot was a set-up by the government to frame the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc).
It was feared the group could cause turmoil, the source said...


CSD website (Note the interesting links on the left side including several most wanted lists.) - GoogleEarth Placemark - Crime Supression Division

Thaksin does not fear coup at home
- The Nation, September 11, 2006
..."I'm not requesting asylum," he joked yesterday with a Thai News Agency reporter covering the Sixth Asia-Europe Meeting in Helsinki...

There will be no coup in Thailand says PM - The Nation, September 11, 2006
...Thaksin was speaking at the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Finland.
"I've never said that there was any movement suggestive of a coup plan. From as far as I know, there's no such movement for the time being," he said.
However, he said rumours about a coup were indeed swirling because some people really wanted a coup to take place...


Thamarak threatens action against outspoken military officer - The Nation, September 11, 2006
... "A soldier convicted of maliciously offending the commanding officer is to be punished by a jail term of up to three years," he said, responding to critical remarks by Admiral Bannawit Kengrien, deputy permanent secretary for Defence.
For two days in a row, Bannawit made a series of public accusations, saying that Thamarak had succumbed to political pressure when drawing up the list of military rotations...


Thai prime minister jokes he wants to create a new group called 'Enjoy Your Life Party' - AP, September 11, 2006
...The Thai leader is well known for his offbeat comments and ideas. He once urged his countrymen to use the Japanese art of origami, or paper-folding, to ease the conflict in Thailand's turbulent south. People were told to send origami flowers and birds — a symbol of peace and healing — to the south to ease fighting in the predominantly Muslim region...

Top general said to be mastermind - The Nation, September 8, 2006
[There are a lot less editorials now speculating the bomb plot was faked...]
...On August 24, Lt Thawatchai Klinchana was ordered to drive the Daewoo near Bang Phlat Intersection, and Lt-Colonel Manas Sudprasert, the second suspect arrested on Tuesday, was to wait with a remote-controlled detonator. Chakhrit said he did not go to the scene and did not know why the remote control unit did not work.
After the sedan was intercepted and found loaded with explosives, Suraphol ordered Manas to use Plan B, which was to kill Thaksin in an ambush using Russian-made Rocket Propelled Grenades or US-made M-79 rounds, but police identified the team members before the plot could be carried out.
Chakhrit claimed "the mastermind and executive operators" also had a Plan C, the staging of a military coup, if Plan B failed.
A police source said Chakhrit had decided to reveal all of this information because he feared he might be "silenced" by people familiar with the plot.


Thai elections to be postponed 'for months', says cabinet secretary - AFX News, September 7, 2006
Thailand's general election, a re-run of polls held earlier in the year, will be postponed 'for months' despite already having been scheduled for mid-October, cabinet secretary Rongphol Charoenphanthu said...

Top general said to be mastermind - The Nation, September 8, 2006
[There are a lot less editorials now speculating the bomb plot was faked...]
...On August 24, Lt Thawatchai Klinchana was ordered to drive the Daewoo near Bang Phlat Intersection, and Lt-Colonel Manas Sudprasert, the second suspect arrested on Tuesday, was to wait with a remote-controlled detonator. Chakhrit said he did not go to the scene and did not know why the remote control unit did not work.
After the sedan was intercepted and found loaded with explosives, Suraphol ordered Manas to use Plan B, which was to kill Thaksin in an ambush using Russian-made Rocket Propelled Grenades or US-made M-79 rounds, but police identified the team members before the plot could be carried out.
Chakhrit claimed "the mastermind and executive operators" also had a Plan C, the staging of a military coup, if Plan B failed.
A police source said Chakhrit had decided to reveal all of this information because he feared he might be "silenced" by people familiar with the plot.



(Photo: Asiper)

Support Thaksin - September 6, 2006
This sign is near Silapakorn University opposite Wat Pratat - Tha Prachan. It says, "Moral support to PM Thaksin Shinawatra to work for the nation."

Prem: Bad leaders are doomed to failure - The Nation, September 1, 2006
Bad individuals are bound for doom if they try to gain control of the nation in order to amass ill-gotten wealth for themselves and their supporters, a chief adviser to His Majesty the King said yesterday.
"I believe the Guardian Spirit of the Kingdom will always guide and protect good people while putting a curse on bad people," General Prem Tinsulanonda said.
...The armed forces should set an example in reprimanding bad people, he said.
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