Plot against Privy Council member : a False Flag operation ? An army officer arrested

Is it a real False Flag operation ? Or a false one ? A false-false-real ? A real-false-false maybe ? 😉

In other words, it’s not clear and it’s too early. But this story could potentially be devastating for the army.

You know, the pillar of the country…

Let’s recap :

-a team has been allegedly hired to kill one member of the Privy Council (advisers of the King)
-Thaksin attacked this man, during his speech last week, saying he was one of the plotters of the 2006 Coup.
-following the arrest of the team… a major of the army has been arrested, as the “mastermind”

So :

-1-it was a plot designed by the army to create chaos, a False Flag operation, just before the- Red Shirts rallye. The idea was to kill someone known to be the ennemy of Thaksin, so it would be easy to accuse Thaksin of the murder after… Or to stage a coup (to “save” the monarchy, to save the country, the galaxy, the universe blablabla).

-2-it was a plot, by real supporters of Thaksin : they just wanted to kill one of his ennemies… For fun… or to intimidate. Really unlikely now… But who knows ? Some people might just be insane. 😉

-3-the whole story is a False-false-flag operation, designed by the police/army or government, AKA a pile of warm bullshit, a cheap trick to divert attention, to create not chaos but more confusion, on the eve of the big rallye.

A major held for mastermind plot to assassinate privy councillor
Police arrested Maj Thienchai Muangchantuek at an army camp on Tuesday night for allegedly being mastermind of an alleged plot to assasinate Privy Councillor Chanchai Likhitjittha.

The arrest came after three men who were earlier held in connection with the plot implicated the major as the mastermind.

The arrested men told the investigators that a group of military officers wanted to instigate turmoil ahead of today’s rally by the red shirts, according to the source.

The three were Kamik Sukkanjanakas, 33, Panupong Rattanapaiboon, 32 and Sakchai Lim, 29.

They were described as the gunman, the driver of the getaway motorcycle, and the contractor.

Chanchai, a former president of the Supreme Court, was accused by ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra of plotting the 2006 coup against him along with other senior judges and a few privy councillors. […] (Nation)

In any case, something is fishy : we never saw the thai police conducting a decisive investigation so fast, in a political and sensitive case like this ! 😉

UDPATE
Chief of police confirms the plot (but are his words worth something ?). And gives other strange details (3 attempts).

National police chief General Patcharawat Wongsuwan on Wednesday confirmed the contract on the life of privy councillor Chanchai Likhitjittha.

Police arrested four suspects, comprising two gunmen, Phanuphong Ratanapaiboon and Sakchai Sae Lim; one procuror of gunmen, Kamit Sukanchanakat and one Army officer to put out the contract, Major Thienchai Mueangchantuek.

The suspects admitted to have attempted to kill Chanchai three times, twice on April 4 and once on April 5, one day before they were detained by the police. (Nation)

UPDATE
The story is becoming totally weird… And still potentially devastating for the army… It looks like a destabilization attempt… designed by the pillar of the country (the thai army) or some lonely lunatics ?

Thienchai said his superior, a colonel, hired him as a go-between to procure a team of gunmen. He said he was paid Bt1.5 million for the job, which included the killing as well as arson attacks on 10 banks and government installations around Bangkok.

He said he in turn paid Kanit Bt600,000 to contract Phanuphong and Sakchai, each got paid Bt140,000.

Police uncovered bank records to confirm the transaction.

9 Responses to “Plot against Privy Council member : a False Flag operation ? An army officer arrested”


  1. 1 Lothar 7 April 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Hmmm an unknown officer want to kill an unknown member of the crown council. With Prem as a target i would take it serious but this smells way to fishy.

    Only sad that an innocent motor cyclist is sacrifice while soon there will appear a Somchai Doe with a lot of money in another country.

  2. 2 ray 8 April 2009 at 4:24 am

    i think its #3. also pls note that the shinawatra and wongsawat clan is out of thailand as of yesterday. thaksin’s daughter had more security than our handsome prime minister. and mr newin’s press conference attracted much more attention than abisits’ press conference ever did.
    thaiand doesnt need a soft pm it needs a man. that is why thaksin was popular, because u know who is the boss( its better to shake hands with the devil u know than the devil u dont)
    make no mistake , i supoort the pad and also abisit but the police and govt agencies do not respect or fear this govt.

  3. 3 Rich 8 April 2009 at 5:26 am

    To some extent, the success of the elites has been predicated on their ability to continue to pull the strings from under cover of darkness, from the shadows, while simultaneously maintaining the fictions that the Monarchy is above politics, that the Privy Council are only advisors and are sinilarly ‘above’ politics and that the army is the servant of the people rather than merely being a group of mercenaries of the privileged classes. Soldiers, if I can put it this way, of fortune, who have successfully looked after and nourished their own fortune at the expense of the peoples’ fortune.

    The whole fiction is however, crashing down in spectacular fashion. What has been spoken of in private is now spoken about openly in public, and at stake is nothing less than the reputation of the man at the top, and the reverence with which he has been held (largely created and sustained by dictat, oppression and propaganda).

    Thais have long been known for their ability to ignore something for as long as it is not right up there in their faces and un-ignorable. What has happened in the past 2 weeks is that what has been ignored for decades is no longer ignorable.

    The elites have no idea where this might be going, and if they are not afraid then they certainly should be. It seems likely that what we are seeing is a seismic shift in the perception of ordinary Thais, who are no longer prepared (or are no loner able) to ignore what has been going on. BP posts an extract today from a Straits Times column, in which is mentioned has written to day of the barely controlled rage that is now being felt among the rural Thais.

    If Thaksin is able to harness this then I suspect we will shortly be hearing a crescendo of clattering as the tumbrils hit the streets.

    Rich

  4. 4 prokester 8 April 2009 at 5:39 am

    It’s coming to a head. The government will not last more than 3 weeks. It’s over. There is no way back from here for the clown crew….a few of whom might well end up spending some time overseas as well…. or at best…. self enforced exile in the south.

  5. 5 World Insanity 8 April 2009 at 6:41 am

    THAKSIN’S FAMILY LEAVES THAILAND
    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-04/08/content_11149409.htm

    Three children of exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra have left Thailand, TV network reported Wednesday.

    Panthongthae Shinawatra, son of Thaksin left Thailand on Tuesday night and Pintongta Shinawatra, eldest daughter left on Tuesday morning while Paethongtan, the yonger daughter left the country on Monday, without elaborating their destinations, Channel3 reported.

    Last week, the three children of Thaksin, took part in a public event at a book fair to launch their book, titled “Others call him PM, but we call him dad”.

    When asked to say her feeling towards Thaksin, Paetongtarn said with tears in her eyes that she would like Thaksin to return to Thailand to be home with three siblings.

    Several TV stations said that Khunying Pojaman Damapong, ex-wife of Thaksin, and his brother-in-law, former PM Somchai Wongsawat had also left the country.

  6. 6 dooda 8 April 2009 at 7:08 am

    more details about the plot revealed, which is said the hiring included not only the killng, but also to do arson on banks and gov buildings

    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2009/04/08/politics/politics_30099914.php

  7. 7 Bedwyr 8 April 2009 at 7:18 am

    @Prokester:

    I am not sure it will be that quick. I suspect the success or failure of the Red campaign is going to be defined by their ability to maintain and manage their rage.

    The TV coverage to date suggests a largely well-mannered group of people who are dancing and having fun. This will not cut it. This afternoon and into the night, the organisers are going to have to orchestrate the rage that Rich mentions, and make it into a mob, but they must wait until darkness falls.

    If the Reds can maintain the rage then I believe their position is almost unassailable. The responses so far from this pathetic government strongly suggest they will capitulate.

    And then the shit will be properly in the fan – Thaksins mate Hun Sen will be able to hear the knives being sharpened from where he lives.

    Bedwyr

  8. 8 Bedwyr 8 April 2009 at 7:22 am

    And the news is the police chief in Pattaya has been transferred.

    Good thinking by the government. Alienate the police.

    What a bunch of muppets – just when they ought to be counting who their friends are these morons create a few more enemies. Dear oh dear. What intellect.

    Bedwyr

  9. 9 World Insanity 8 April 2009 at 12:00 pm

    UPDATE

    Suspects confess to Charnchai murder conspiracy
    By: BangkokPost.com
    Published: 8/04/2009 at 06:07 PM The conspiracy to assassinate privy councillor and former supreme court president Charnchai Likitjitta was real, and there had been several attempts on his life, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban and national police chief Gen Patcharawat Wongsuwan said on Wednesday.

    Mr Suthep told a joint press conference the arrested suspects had confessed they had made three attempts on the life of Mr Charnchai — twice on Saturday and once on Sunday.

    Pol Gen Patcharawat, said Maj Thienchai Muang-janthuek confessed he was paid 1.5 million baht to have Mr Chanchai killed.

    He contacted Kamik Sukkanchanakas, 33, and paid him 600,000 baht to put together an assassination squad.

    Mr Kamik then approached Panupong Ratanapaiboon, 32, and Sakchai sae Lim, 29, he said.

    The three alleged hitmen were arrested near the privy councillor’s home on Soi Suk Sawat 66 in Phra Pradaeng district, Samut Prakan province, on Monday.

    Maj Thienchai was arrested on Tuesday night at the 11th Infantry Regiment in Bang Khen district.

    At the press conference, police displayed a .38 calibre pistol, bullets and bank book allegedly showing money being transferred as payment.

    Mr Charnchai said he was surprised anyone would conspire to assassinate him.

    The privy councillor said he never felt the need to keep a lookout because he had no enemies or problems with anyone that he knew of.

    Police assigned to guard the privy councillor’s residence during the mass anti-government protest led by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) are understood to have made the arrest on Monday.

    Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Wednesday he did not think the exposed conspiracy plot to assassinate Mr Charnchai was just a coincidence.

    Fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra earlier accused Mr Charnchai of being one of the main people behind the military coup that toppled his government in September 2006.


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