Thaksin did it : “the King knew of the coup plot in 2006”

Thaksin is going one step higher…one step further… After his calls for the “revolution by the people“, after his attacks against the Privy Council… now this…

This is really, really bold, in the thai context… Thaksin says that the King knew in advance… because he was abused (misinformed) by the Privy Council.

This is certainly the point of no return

Interview to Financial Times.

Thaksin Shinawatra, the former premier of Thailand, has accused the country’s revered king of prior knowledge of the military coup that toppled him in 2006. […]

According to Mr Thaksin, the coup was presented as a favour to the king, with his privy councillors accusing Mr Thaksin of disloyalty. Mr Thaksin said he had later been told this by General Panlop Pinmanee, who has in the past confirmed that he met Mr Thaksin but denied politics was discussed.

Mr Thaksin claims that Gen Surayud Chulanont – who served as interim prime minister following the coup – was present at the meeting with the king.

“Gen Surayud, Gen Prem [Tinsulanonda, the senior member of the privy council] and another privy councillor went to have an audience with his majesty the king and told his majesty that they will do a favour for him by getting me because I am not loyal to the king,” Mr Thaksin said. “That started the whole process.”

11 Responses to “Thaksin did it : “the King knew of the coup plot in 2006””

  1. 1 DuckVader 21 April 2009 at 12:22 am

    What is the endgame for Thaksin? Very interesting times for Thailand. But I guess the big question is: How far have the blinders come off the northeasterners both in their home provinces and in Bangkok. That will be the determinant of whether Thaksin is taking to empty space, or a seething group …

  2. 2 Bedwyr 21 April 2009 at 12:34 am

    Bedwyr doesn’t like to say he told you so. But he did. Again

    Bedwyr said last week that Thaksin was blaming the King for the coup, and now we have it out in the open.

    This really is a problem for the Palace, since nobody will now believe the fiction that it stays above politics; all but the most wilfully blind and stupid must now believe that the Palace it is up to its deceitful elbows in unlawful politics. It has been so obvious for so long, and Handley had it pretty much exactly right.

    Bedwyr predicts more will be alleged. Bedwyr predicts it will be said that the King did a lot more than just listen to Prem and Surayud.

    As slowly turns the grinding wheel in the court of the King.


  3. 3 brazoo 21 April 2009 at 3:10 am

    Well … Taksin did not blame the king. He just stated that he was informed. And who cares if he was informed before, during or after the coup … he wasnt supposed or even allowed to say “do it” or “dont do it”.

    I dont think Taksin is in the position to say “its me against the King”. He is probably trying to say “the King is or has being used to justify the coup”. It is the same discussion like lese majesty. The king did not and will not intervene and take sides, at least not officially and nobody will doubt that (if he is willing to stay in Thailand).

    … and everybody will be claiming doing it for King and country.

    But thats just my reading.

  4. 4 antipadshist 21 April 2009 at 5:23 am


    since Thaksin is now living / residing in Nicaragua – he better learn about that country’s history, such as Contras and … “Death squads” which were quite active there πŸ˜‰

    although come to think of it – perhaps he knew well enough about them already quite for a while.

  5. 5 Vichai N. 21 April 2009 at 7:18 am

    It just occurred to me that just about the time this viper General Panlop Pinmanee hooked up with Thaksin Shinawatra is when Thaksin and his Red Shirts started getting bolder and more violent.

    Thaksin Shinawatra must be so desperate as to put his belief on the same viper he accused of trying to assassinate him (by a big bomb) while he was PM. Or Thaksin Shinawatra must be getting real loco.

    At any rate Thaksin Shinawatra angry or loco, it is Thailand who must bear the consequences.

  6. 6 chuck tan 21 April 2009 at 8:11 am

    No body know for sure. Does it really matter? Thailand has never really been democratic in the western sense. We should accept that Thailand has been democratic in its own way since 1932 and will always be just like that.

  7. 7 Bedwyr 21 April 2009 at 8:42 am


    In any statement there are 2 components.

    1. First there are the words that are spoken.
    2. Then there is the meaning behind and between the words that are spoken.

    Just like all of us, Thaksin says things he does not actually say. Just because the words are not actually there doesn’t mean it isn’t what he is saying. If you catch my drift.


  8. 8 chinesethai 21 April 2009 at 9:34 am


    His ex-CPT strategists, one fat man & two doctors, might have advised him to go a step further.

    I would like everyone, Yellows or Reds alike, to take a look at a picture from Bangkok Post in 1991 again.

    Tell me that who and for what Thaksin is taking a photo with, and if he wants democracy.

  9. 9 Mana 21 April 2009 at 3:34 pm

    I agree with brazoo. Thaksin never blaim …..

    In the other hand. The Coup should not claim … for their action against Thaksin. This is totally political. The Coup should know that what happen if they try to use … for their political aim. Now Thai is not silly. We know that this is a movement to take control Thailand politic by using ….

  10. 10 brazoo 21 April 2009 at 10:45 pm

    @ Bedwyr

    I know what you mean πŸ˜‰

    But I think that is what we want to see it (as westerns).
    I guess he would not dare to challange the king nor would he let people think he is doing that.

    … but he is doing that with his advisors, or those who claim protecting him (military/judges/yellows).

    But of course … this might only be the first step.

  11. 11 antipadshist 28 April 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Bkk Post 28/04/2009

    Chaisit to file suit against Suthep

    “The chairman of Siam Gas and Petrochemicals (SGP), former supreme commander Gen Chaisit Shinawatra, says he will sue Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban for accusing him of allowing SGP liquefied-gas tankers to be placed in urban areas of Din Daeng during the anti-government riots on April 13.

    Gen Chaisit, who is former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s older cousin, denied the accusation.

    He said he would take legal action over the claims by Mr Suthep and other officials that he gave a green light for red-shirt protesters to drive LPG tankers to the Din Daeng intersection.”

    interesting what will come out of it.

    Newin also said he will sue Jatuporn for accusing him in relation to Blue shirts, although there are videos and photos of Newin with Blue shirts …

    perhasp “taking a legal action” threat is just a common practice ?

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