Saturday, January 3, 2009
Is PM Abhisit's life under threat?
The opposition says it's only a political ploy to raise sympathy and support for the new prime minister. But people close to Premier Abhisit Vejjajiva claim there have been threats to the prime minister's life.
Abhisit yesterday ordered an investigation into telephone threats against him. Some calls, he said, had come from prepaid phone numbers. Others were from fixed numbers -- some of which could be traced to certain elements behind the ongoing politcal unrest.
Curiously enough, only a few days earlier, Chuan Leekpai, the Democrat Party's chief adviser, had publicly warned Abhisit of possible assassination threats.
The prime minister himself didn't deny that he had received threats to his life. "I am not afraid. I just have to be more careful," he said.