Military junta to leave the police to probe online death threat against DPM Prawit

Spokesman of the military junta said the online death threat against deputy prime minister and defence minister is under probe by the military but the police will be directly in charge.

Col Winthai Suvaree, spokesman for the National Council for Peace and Order, disclosed after the deputy prime minister and defence minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan revealed yesterday that someone made threats to assassinate him on social media.

The spokesman said the military has conducted preliminary investigation into the online threat but declined to elaborate.

But he said the military would leave the investigation to the police who have their direct duties to do the job.

However he assured the military is capable of giving protection to significant ministers in this government.

Earlier Army commander-in-chief Gen Chalermchai Sittisat said online threat against the deputy prime minister could be a real assassination plot.

He said strict security arrangements are already in place to protect important government figures.

The army chief also disclosed that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as well as Gen Prawit have already ordered probes into the matter.

As to unconfirmed reports that assassination threats against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha have also been posted on social media, the army chief said that security personnel are investigating the matter.

Earlier Gen Prawit asserted that there will be no coup following the next general election as nobody wanted a coup unless the country was unable to move ahead.

Gen Prawit 's assurance came as an analytic article published by the Washington Post said that Thailand ranks second in the world where a coup is most likely to occur again in 2017, particularly after the general election.

The deputy prime minister said if there was reconciliation and if all Thais gave their full cooperation, there was no way a coup would be staged again, the Bangkok Post reported.

He stressed there would be no counter-coups given unity in the military.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)