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‘Network of saboteurs’ brief spotted on Prayut’s desk

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BANGKOK (Bangkok Post) – A report on a “network of elements sabotaging the nation” carried by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha into the parliamentary debate on Wednesday has caused a stir and raised questions.

During a live broadcast of the debate which saw Gen Prayut grilled by the opposition over his oath blunder, hawk-eyed reporters spotted a report titled Khrongkhai Khabuankan Tamlai Prathet, which means “network of elements sabotaging the nation”, on the premier’s desk – sparking questions about the report’s contents.

A source within the government said the document was a report prepared for a briefing by intelligence and security agencies, and “the elements” are believed to consist of political figures whose acts are deemed to offend the high institution of the monarchy.

The source said the security briefing was held in secret because it discussed sensitive information.

Government spokeswoman, Narumon Pinyosinwat, confirmed the report was prepared for a security agency briefing and the contents “were not for the public’s eyes”.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said on Wednesday that the government “has information about a network” but declined to discuss the contents of the report.

While the identity of the so-called network’s members remain unclear, army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong had previously mentioned some groups which he believed intended to harm the country.

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