Saturday, July 18, 2009
Sondhi, Chetta and a bowl of noodle
Gen Chetta Thanajaro, former army chief and now a senior member of Thaksin Shinawatr's Pheau Thai Party, says he was once quite close to Sondhi Limthongkul, the target of an assassination attempt. A soldier close to him, Sgt Panya, has been issued an arrest warrant for being a suspected gunman.
Chetta was on FM 100.5 this morning to say that he had a good relations with Sondhi even before he became army chief. "I used to go to his office at Baan Phra Arthit to chat. The noodle dish there was also quite tasty," he said.
He was, of course, indicating that there was no reason at all to suspect his involvement in the failed attempt to get Sondhi killed although he admitted Sgt Panya, one of the suspected gunmen, was working close to him.
"Sgt Panya, as far as I know him, is a quiet and wel-behaved man," Chetta said.
So, he knows both parties concerned but he gave no indications as to whether he knew who was behind the assassination attempt against Sondhi.
But is he ready to head Thaksin's Pheau Thai Party as had been rumoured?
Chetta said: "No. I have my personal obligations. I am not ready to do that."
Thaksin of course is Sondhi's main rival.
If you can't work out the puzzle so far, don't panic. Most people are quite confused too.