Former Thai Leader, Claiming Threat, Alters Myanmar Visit -WSJ, November 6, 2012
[Thanks to Tom for pointing this out.]
Former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra showed he hasn’t lost his knack for roiling Thailand six years after a coup there ousted him from power and triggered a self-imposed exile. This time, his family and lawyer say, he is altering a planned visit to neighboring Myanmar because of an assassination threat from unnamed adversaries.
…Officials in Myanmar and Thailand expressed doubt about the credibility of the plot, which was evoked by Thaksin’s lawyer, Noppadon Pattama, and his son, Panthongtae Shinawatra.
…This time, analysts say, the alleged plot enables him to play the victim as his political foes step up the pressure on the government led by his younger sister, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra…
Also: US Embassy Cable on August 25, 2006 discussing the the last time there was such a claimed assassination plot
…Informal checks with military contacts show that they are highly skeptical about the specific charges against the driver arrested yesterday, who appears to have no reason at all to be involved in a plot of this kind.
…Police have been unusually reluctant to respond to any inquiries from us for further information about the investigation…
Earlier: The car bomb from 2006