Kotee threatened with lawsuit

The army on Sunday threatened to file a lawsuit against Pathum Thani red-shirt leader and radio host Wuthipong Kachathamkun, better known as Kotee, after he urged supporters to capture two army commanders.

The move comes after Kotee reportedly said in a red-shirt radio programme that he would mobilise followers to capture Maj Gen Wara Boonyasit, commander of the 1st Division, King's Guard, and Col Songwit Nunphakdi, commander of the 11th Infantry Regiment. The message was spread across social media. 

“The remarks encourage others to commit legal offences, intimidate others’ freedom through advertising. His action is inappropriate and aggressive,” deputy army spokesman Col Winthai Suwaree said.

Col Winthai said the army would seek the maximum legal punishment over Kotee’s intimidation and would ask police to expedite the investigation into his alleged involvement in other violent incidents related to the ongoing anti-government protests, including the shootout at Laksi intersection on Feb 1. 

Kotee earlier denied he was involved in the Laksi clash and claimed he received a report after the incident that army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha had ordered he be killed before the election the next day, and so he fled to another province.

The army rejected Kotee’s “kill order” claim and ordered him to stop accusing Gen Prayuth or face criminal charges.

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