De­fence Min­istry re­jects ru­mours that Prawit held meet­ing with Thaksin in Lon­don

The Nation - - THAILAND -

Min­istry has de­nied ru­mours that its min­is­ter Gen­eral Prawit Wong­suwan met with fugi­tive former prime min­is­ter Thaksin Shi­nawa­tra in Lon­don, in­sist­ing that there were no rea­sons for the two to meet.

“Gen Prawit has said clearly be­fore that he had not met or talked to [Thaksin],” Maj-Gen­eral Kongcheep Tantrawanich said on Satur­day. Prawit, mean­while, said briefly on a phone interview that he was just back from England. The gen­eral im­me­di­ately hung up af­ter the re­porter asked about spec­u­la­tion that he had met Thaksin.

Thaksin, whose sis­ter, ex-prime min­is­ter Yingluck Shi­nawa­tra, is be­lieved to have fled the coun­try re­cently, was tak­ing a va­ca­tion in Lon­don around the same time as Prawit was meet­ing with Bri­tain’s de­fence min­is­ter and for­eign deputy min­is­ter there.

The De­fence spokesman in­sisted that the spec­u­la­tion was not true. Prawit had been in Lon­don for work and he was trav­el­ling with a big group of of­fi­cials.

In ad­di­tion, Kongcheep said he did not think Thaksin and Prawit were in Lon­don at the same time.

He be­lieved Thaksin was there af­ter Prawit had al­ready re­turned to Thai­land. It was im­pos­si­ble that the two had met, he added.

“The ru­mour sparked off even be­fore Gen Prawit’s trip. And when he re­turned, some peo­ple spread the word again de­lib­er­ately want­ing it to be on the news,” Kongcheep said. “Any­one can think any­thing, but I in­sist that there are no rea­sons for him to meet with Thaksin.”

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