Thaksin's son: 'That's my dad'
- Published: 10/07/2013 at 07:43 PM
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The son of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra said he has no doubt the man in the controversial audio clip is his father - but said it was edited before being posted on YouTube in order to damage Thaksin.
"Audio clip? I've been his son for more than 30 years. I have no doubt that it's my dad in the voice," Panthongtae Shinawatra wrote on his Facebook page.
The son of ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who runs an active Facebook page, says there is no doubt about the identity of one of the voices on the audio clip.
Mr Panthongtae confirmed one of the voices - the one identified as "mister prime minister" - was his father.
The actual conversation was longer than the YouTube version making the rounds of Thailand, and was cut, the fugitive's son wrote.
Some parts were cut before the excerpt was posted, he wrote. His Facebook post vowed to find out how it was obtained and put up in the social media.
Mr Panthongtae said his father told him personally that he did not have time to listen to it, and shrugged it off. But Mr Panthongtae said he will take the clip with him and play it for his father when he travels to Beijing for a meeting on Thursday.
The clip is believed to be a conversation between Thaksin and now-Deputy Defence Minister Gen Yutthasak Sasiprapa. It was apparently made in Hong Kong on June 22, just before the latest cabinet reshuffle which returned Gen Yutthasak to a cabinet position under Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who also is defence minister.
Key topics in the excerpts available on YouTube are an attempt to bring the convicted prime minister home through an executive decree to give him amnesty, which would bypass parliament, and a plan to have the military brass endorse such a move in the Defence Council before forwarding it to the National Security Council and then the government.
Gen Yutthasak denied it is his voice in the recording.
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