Thaksin's former close aid claims being target of assassination

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The ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinnawatra's former close aid Newin Chidchob claimed on Monday that his "former boss" wanted to assassinate him.

Newin, who is also the power-broker of the coalition Bhumjaithai Party, was once Thaksin's right-hand man.

Newin made a claim on his 52th birthday that the former boss has hired a hit man to assassinate him.

"I don't need to say who 'that man' is, since there is only one person. I dare to say that the person is my old boss who is still politically active," Bangkok Post quoted Newin as saying.

He said the bounty for his assassination was 20 million baht ( 663,000 U.S. dollars), which was related to the information from police after they arrested a group of red-shirt protesters in Chiang Mai.

"There are not many people in the country that would pay that much money to hurt me," he added.

Newin called on his former boss to stop damaging the country since the "former boss" was already wealthy and much happier than most Thai people.

Newin said Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon and former national army chief Anupong Paojinda were also probably on the hit list.

The veteran politician from the Northeastern province of Buri Ram has been a member of several political parties before he eventually joined the Thai Rak Thai Party (TRT) of Thaksin Shinawatra in 2005. As an executive member of TRT which was banned by the Constitutional Court order due to violations of electoral law, Newin was also barred from politics.

Although the fact that he was banned since 2007, Newin is widely believed a very influential figure in politics as well as in his Bhumjaithai Party. Bhumjaithai Party was the key factor that made Democrat Party leader Abhisit the current Thai premier after the party shifted its support from Thaksin side to Democrat Party side.

Thaksin has been in self-exile overseas since his administration was toppled in a bloodless military coup in 2006.

Source: Xinhua

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