Cops to probe Thai link in assassination plot

Cops to probe Thai link in assassination plot

Myanmar's ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun addresses the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 11, 2019. (Reuters photo)
Myanmar's ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun addresses the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 11, 2019. (Reuters photo)

The Royal Thai Police (RTP) is poised to investigate a plan to murder Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations in New York's Westchester County after two Myanmar suspects named an arms dealer in Thailand as being party to the plot.

"So far the Royal Thai Police has yet to be contacted by the United States to investigate the matter. But if we are asked to help, we are ready,'' said  Pol Col Kissana Phathanacharoen, deputy spokesman for the RTP, when speaking to media. 

On Friday, federal prosecutors in Manhattan said the two Myanmar citizens living in New York had plotted over the past month to attack and potentially kill the country’s ambassador to the United Nations.

After being contacted by an arms dealer in Thailand, Phyo Hein Htut, said he had agreed to “hire attackers” to injure ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun in an effort to force him to step down. If he refused, the dealer proposed the attackers kill him, prosecutors said.

Neither Htut, 28, nor Ye Hein Zaw, 20, made a plea during the initial court hearing on Friday in which they were charged with conspiracy to assault a foreign official.

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