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    PM claims there are efforts to remove him from post

    PM claims there are efforts to remove him from post

    (BangkokPost.com) - Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej claimed Thursday there are efforts trying to remove him from post by circulating negative rumours about him.

    Mr Samak said he has heard a rumour that he would be arrested at the Suvarnabhumi airport after returning from Brunei, and insisted that it was just rumour.

    He also mentioned allegation that he breaches constitution by hosting a cooking show on commercial television as one of those efforts.

    Mr Samak was currently on a formal visit to China, and was scheduled to fly to Brunei around noon on Thursday local time.

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    Abhisit slams PM on claim about plot seizing him

    (BangkokPost.com) - Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva slammed Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej for claiming about a plot to seize him at Bangkok airport when he returns from Brunei on Friday.

    Mr Abhisit said he does not know the intention behind Mr Samak's claim, but said such claim does not restore political confidence and does not help ensure public that the government can solve any problems.

    "I would like to reiterate that the premier should avoid saying something like this," he said. "He should take action if there is anything wrong. But saying something like this only destroys the government."

    He also said it is the first time that he hears such claim.

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    PM returns to Bangkok safely


    (BangkokPost.com) - Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej returned to Thailand from an official visit to China and Brunei on Friday afternoon.

    His arrival came a day after he claimed that someone had plotted to capture him teh instant his plane made a landing at Bangkok airport.

    He told reporters that someone phoned him about the rumour, and insisted that he did not make up the news himself.

    Mr Samak also appeared to be displeased when reporters asked when he is going to reshuffle a cabinet.

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    Police dismiss rumours of PM seizure at airport


    National police on Friday brushed aside as "groundless" rumours that Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej would be detained upon his return from an official visit to Brunei at Suvarnabhumi airport Friday afternoon.

    Pol Maj-Gen Suraphon Tuanthong, Deputy National Police Commissioner, denied reports that the premier, also defence minister, will be arrested as he returns from Brunei Friday evening.

    "Police intelligence investigations have found no evidence of a planned seizure as the cases involving the premier are still in the courts and legal procedures are progressing," Gen Suraphon said.

    The senior police officer however conceded that First Region Police Command which oversees Samut Prakan province where Suvarnabhumi airport is located has increased security at the airport prior to the premier's return.

    Mr Samak said Thursday that there remained a movement of a group of ill-intentioned people trying to remove him from the premiership.

    Speaking of the political situation in Thailand, he said the group was attempting to force his departure from office by releasing the rumour that he would be arrested upon his return from overseas.

    The premier said the cases he is facing regarding defamation and his alleged breach of the constitution for hosting a television programme after assuming the premiership are under deliberation in court.

    Regarding the charter violation case, Mr. Samak still has 15 days to hand over his written clarifications to the Constitution Court for its deliberation. (TNA)

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    "Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me!"

    Kenneth Williams (Julius Caesar-"Carry on Cleo")

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    Re: PM claims there are efforts to remove him from post

    PM takes precaution by picking own pilot

    WASSANA NANUAM

    Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej reportedly secured his return to Bangkok from Brunei yesterday by choosing his pilot himself. Mr Samak, however, told the media upon his arrival that there was no plot to arrest him at Suvarnabhumi airport and topple his government as he told them earlier.

    The plot to arrest him was only a rumour that a reporter had brought to him and that he did not see any irregularity with Air Force staff, he said.

    Mr Samak had visited China for four days and on his way back he stopped over in Brunei before reaching Bangkok yesterday.

    Some reports said Mr Samak's plane would be rerouted from the Air Force's Wing 6 in Don Muang to Suvarnabhumi airport where he would be arrested as part of a coup attempt.

    According to a source, Mr Samak, who is also the defence minister, received a warning from his military staff officer so he chose his pilot for his flight.

    The pilot is the son of a former classmate of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra from Class 10 at the Armed Forces Academy Preparatory School.

    Mr Samak had revealed the plot to arrest him on Thursday only to avert it, the source said.

    The prime minister arrived at Wing 6 in Don Muang at 3.40pm yesterday, along with Army chief Gen Anupong Paojinda, Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Mingkwan Sangsuwan and Theerapol Nopparampa, secretary-general to the prime minister.

    In a reception room, Mr Samak, Gen Anupong and Air Force chief ACM Chalit Phukpasuk, who received the prime minister, discussed the import of missiles and gunpowder from China, according to a source.

    However, Mr Samak told reporters that he discussed with ACM Chalit aircraft capabilities.

    ACM Chalit said that Mr Samak did not talk about the rumour of the plot to arrest him, but did discuss the airplane that he eventually flew back to Bangkok on.

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