PM warns Veera to ‘watch out’ if he makes trip to border
PRIME Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha warned anti-graft activist Veera Somkwamkid yesterday to “watch out” if he insists on visiting a controversial new casino allegedly located in overlapping territory between Thailand and Cambodia.
“That’s not his duty so he [Veera] should watch out,” Prayut said. “[He] shouldn’t make any conflict. If he’s convicted again, I don’t know what to do.”
Prayut’s remarks were in response to Veera’s plan to take the media to the site tomorrow.
The opening of the new casino came under the spotlight after Veera claimed in Facebook posts that it was located on an “overlapping” border area claimed by both countries, as well as possibly being located in Ta Phraya National Park, which forms part of a World Heritage site.
The casino is close to Chong Sai Takoo border checkpoint in Buri Ram province.
Veera questioned why the military government allowed this to happen, and suspected that a post he made on the issue had led to a warrant being issued for his arrest over a week ago for an alleged violation of the Computer Crime Act.
At Prayut’s weekly press briefing, the premier said briefly that he had no knowledge about any business deal in the area, adding that the issue should be overseen by the Thai-Cambodian Joint Border Committee.
“[The area] is called an overlapping area. It has belonged to Thailand but has been claimed by the other,” he said, referring to Cambodia.