Thai PM unfazed by Thaksin's Hong Kong meets

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday he was paying no attention to ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra's meeting with followers in Hong Kong. He would not let it distract him.

"I'm doing my job and let the people decide who's right or wrong. Let's play by the rules. When he was in office, I never interfered," the PM said.

Prayut said people should decide for themselves who they thought had been doing right or wrong, but ultimately the rule of law must be upheld.

Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya said he saw no problem if Thaksin's followers flew to meet him and he viewed this as normal. To determine whether such a movement was critical or not, officials needed to consider its impact on security. In the meantime, prosecutors and the Foreign Ministry were the key agencies dealing with the arrest warrants out for Thaksin already.

Asked about the political situation, given the fact some of Thaksin's legal charges were about to expire, Paiboon said the cases weren't brought during the time of the NCPO.

Concerned parties should not be too sensitive as long as the rule of law was being upheld. The cases were proceeding in line with legal procedures and some verdicts had been reached. Authorities just needed the public to understand these issues, he said.

On General Prayut's trip to the United Nations General Assembly, Paiboon said he was confident the PM would help others understand Thailand's situation and that General Prayut could take care of himself.

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