According to Mr Samak, someone possibly in the military planned to arrest him when he returned today from
He was speaking on the last day of his visit to
A source close to the prime minister said Mr Samak received an intelligence report that a military officer hatched a plot to capture him at the airport and remove him from power, in a similar manner to the 1991 military coup which successfully overthrew then prime minister Gen Chatichai Choonhavan.
The plot was linked to an earlier rumour that the People’s
Mr Samak said PAD core leader Sondhi Limthongkul was said to have high regard for ACM Chalit Pukpasuk, former caretaker of the Council for National Security.
Some reports suggested the plane carrying the prime minister and his delegation would be rerouted to land at Suvarnabhumi airport instead of the Wing 6 airstrip at air force headquarters.
But the prime minister’s schedule at Government House still says his plane will land at the airstrip. Mr Samak said an investigation is underway into the rumour and who started it.
Mr Samak earlier shrugged off reports that he was under pressure for keeping some cabinet members who have underperformed or done their job improperly. (additional reports from Thai News Agency)