Army commander denies, police don’t know

7 05 2009

When asked to comment on rumours that Thanphuying Viriya Chavakul had been involved in organizing the botched hit on  Sondhi Limthongkul, Army chief General Anupong Paochinda denied knowledge and threatened to sue anyone who linked him to the assassination attempt (The Nation, 7 May 2009: “Army chief will sue if linked to Sondhi plot”). He said: “Don’t link me with anyone involved in the shooting.” Anupong repeated his pledge to co-operate with the police or suggested that the army might launch its own investigation.

Meanwhile, “Police chief investigator Pol General Thanee Somboonsap said he had no idea about Sondhi’s statement linking ‘a noble lady’ with the shooting.” He added, “I don’t know anything about it. You have to ask Sondhi yourself about that…”. Thanee explained that “he could not tell whether he could solve the case before he retires in October,” astutely observing “It depends on how much evidence police can produce or gather…”. Adding to this trail of apparent unawareness, Thanee said “the forces did not know about a lead that an Army sergeant major was behind the dud M-79 grenade shell found in a city bus travelling near Sondhi’s vehicle during the shooting.”


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