GUNMAN ATTEMPTS TO ASSASSINATE THAI GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL – Dramatic CCTV footage has emerged which clearly shows a lone gunman trying to assassinate Paiboon Pansanit, a prominent member of the Thai Government.
As the grisly scene unfolds Paiboon Pansanit is seen entering his car in a car park located in the Chonburi province where he had just met one of Thailand’s most notorious mafia figures, Somchai Khunpluem; also known as Kamnan Poh.
Once Paiboon Pansanit enters the car the gunman attempts to assassinate him by unloading 7 shots through the window of the vehicle, however Paiboon Pansanit’s car was retro-fitted with bullet proof glass which prevented any of the bullets penetrating the window and therefore saving his life.
Reporters on the scene did ask Paiboon Pansanit if he knew of anyone who might want him dead in which he snapped; “How would I know? I would certainly like to know.”
Thai reporters failed to ask the most basic of questions; what was Paiboon Pansanit, a prominent member of the Thai Government, doing visiting one of Thailand’s most notorious mafia figures.
That question will likely remain unasked and unanswered as it is nothing unusual for a Thai or Western reporter to be murdered for asking awkward questions or throwing light on any wrong-doing.
With a country that is drowning in its own bath of corruption and where disputes are often resolved by hiring a killer it is little wonder why we continue to hear of the numerous assassinations around Thailand.
It is no secret that Thai police are often involved in contract killings and in a country that pays their police less than $100 a month is it not surprising that police officers who are offered upwards of a $1,000 to murder a business or political rival will often take up the job.
For most of the ‘inside’ reports that we receive we are constantly vigilant that our sources must remain completely anonymous in order to protect their identity and ultimately their safety.
While the outside world often looks upon Thailand as being a gentle Buddhist country that the Thai Government dub the ‘Land of Smiles’ it is in fact a highly violent society where money is the ultimate prize and must be acquired at any cost; including the lives of others.
With Thailand teetering on the brink of having its ‘pardon’ lifted next year by the U.S, which will then officially list Thailand and the number one abuser of Human Rights, Thailand is slowly but surely revealing to the world its true nature that appears to have been hidden for so long.
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