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Thai police prepare to assist US in unravelling conspiracy to assassinate UN ambassador to Myanmar

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Thai police will cooperate fully with United States authorities, if requested, in investigating two Myanmar citizens who allegedly planned to assassinate their country’s ambassador to the United Nations, it said General Krisana Pattanacharoen, the deputy. a spokesman for the Royal Thai Police yesterday during a press conference.

On August 6, US VOA News reported that US authorities had arrested two Myanmar citizens living in New York. The arrest was related to an alleged plot to assassinate Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun. The reason for this assassination attempt is believed to be that the ambassador saluted the military coup in Myanmar with three fingers during a general meeting of the United Nations on February 26, 2021.

According to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York, Phyo Hein Htut had plotted with an arms dealer in Thailand who sold weapons to Myanmar’s military.

According to the plan, Phyo Hein Htut would have “hired attackers to physically assault the ambassador in an attempt to force the ambassador to resign. If the ambassador did not resign, the arms dealer suggested that hired assailants kill the ambassador.

The second defendant, Ye Hein Zaw, would send money to Phyo Hein Htut to fund the attack, which was to take place near New York City.

Krisana said Thai police are preparing to cooperate with the investigation, as the case had a clear connection to Thailand. “However, so far, the US authorities have not made any requests,” he said.

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