Government unperturbed by criticisms that arms seizure was a setup

The government is not perturbed by criticisms that the recent seizure of a cache of war weapons and ammunition from a Pathum Thani's company belonging to red-shirt core leader Wutthipong Kotethammakul, alias Ko Tee, was a setup.

The above statement was made by government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd on Friday in response to a commentary in a newspaper claiming that the government appeared to be worried with the criticisms against the seizure.

He said that every time government officials conducted a raid, a house search to look for illegal items, there would be criticism from the house owner, from undesirable elements and from those who would lose benefits from the raid or the search.

That the government had to make clarification every time there was a raid or a search was not because it was perturbed or shaken by criticisms, but because it wanted to convey to the public the truth about the incidents so that they would not be misled.

Lt-Gen Sansern then called on Ko Tee to turn himself in to defend himself in the court and urged government critics to rethink their opposition's role and to hold themselves accountable to the public.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)