Probe intensifies to find out if politicians and officials were involved in assassination plot

Police are investigating whether the nine suspects arrested along with the seizure of a large cache of war weapons from Ko Tee's company in Pathum Thani last week are linked to any politicians, police or military personnel, Pol Col Krisana Pattanacharoen, deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police Office, told the media on Monday.

While insisting that the seizure of a substantial cache of war weapons was not staged, he said police have been monitoring Ko Tee or Wutthipong Kotthammakul and his men for quite a long time and found out that they were engaged in activities to discredit the National Council for Peace and Order and to incite unrest in the country via the social media.

He alleged that the group, including those arrested, was linked to the plot to assassinate government leaders and was behind the acts to disrupt recent attempts by officials to search the Dhammakaya temple.

When asked whether Ko Tee is taking refuge in a neighbouring country, Pol Col Krisana said he prefer not to mention any country, adding, however, that officials concerned had been coordinating with their foreign counterparts to have the fugitive deported or extradited to face charges in Thailand.

Regarding the seized weapons, he said some of them were recently acquired and the rest were stored up some years ago.

The deputy spokesman went on saying that the police would bare all about the group and its illegal activities at the right timing.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)