THEY SAID IT

Bangkok Post - - 7 DAYS -

“I CON­FIRM THAT THERE WILL DEF­I­NITELY BE AN ELEC­TION.”

Gen (Ret) Prayut Chan-o-cha, prime min­is­ter, head of the rul­ing mil­i­tary coun­cil (NCPO), na­tional roadmap car­tog­ra­pher, re­as­sures a doubt­ing na­tion.

“I SAW IT ALL HAP­PEN. IT IS SOME­THING THAT WILL STAY WITH ME.”

Kasper Sch­me­ichel, griev­ing goal­keeper, Le­ices­ter City FC, on wit­ness­ing the he­li­copter crash that killed club pres­i­dent and King Power ty­coon Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha.

“TO HAVE OTH­ERS OB­SERV­ING MEANS THE COUN­TRY IS HAV­ING A PROB­LEM.”

Don Pra­mud­winai, For­eign Min­is­ter, says “No!” to re­quests to al­low in­ter­na­tional elec­tion mon­i­tors.

“THE EN­VI­RON­MENT FOR A FREE AND FAIR ELEC­TION DOES NOT EX­IST.”

Su­nai Pha­suk, se­nior Thai­land re­searcher, Hu­man Rights Watch, dis­agrees with Mr Don.

“A NEW CAB­I­NET COULD TAKE OF­FICE BY JUNE.” Wis­sanu Krea-ngam, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, gov­ern­ment le­gal ea­gle, ex­plains a pos­si­ble time­line if the elec­tion is held Feb 24.

“INI­TIALLY, WE DON’T FIND ANY VI­O­LA­TION OF LAWS.” Pol Gen Sri­vara Ran­si­brah­manakul, na­tional deputy po­lice chief, says cal­en­dars show­ing two fugi­tive ex-pre­miers may be le­gal but po­lice seized thou­sands any­way.

“THE RECORD SHOWS 75 VIC­TIMS.”

Pol Maj Gen (soon to be three-star) Su­rachate “Big Joke” Hak­parn, af­ter ar­rest­ing an army sergeant-ma­jor on charges of se­rial rapes of dozens of young boys he groomed on an in­ter­net chat board.

“LIKE NOTH­ING WE HAVE EVER SEEN BE­FORE.”

Jeremy Dou­glas, re­gional rep­re­sen­ta­tive, UN Of­fice on Drugs and Crime, on the boom in metham­phetamine ex­ports from the Golden Tri­an­gle in the past two years.

“A SLOW AND CRUEL AS­SAS­SI­NA­TION IS TAK­ING PLACE.” Chris­tine Ann Hawkins, mother of Wik­iLeaks founder and self-ex­iled Aus­tralian Ju­lian As­sange, blames the United King­dom and United States for his iso­la­tion in the em­bassy of Ecuador in Lon­don.

“I WAS AN­GRY WITH DON­ALD TRUMP.”

Akayed Ul­lah, Bangladeshi im­mi­grant, ex­plains to the US fed­eral judge why he wanted “to kill as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble” with a failed pipe bomb ex­plo­sion in the New York sub­way 11 months ago.

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