A YouTube video claiming to be from al-Qaeda made threats to kill the fugitive ex-Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra last Saturday before it was removed as too violent, then reappeared a few hours later.
The video is titled “Al-Qaeda video against former Thailand Prime Minister” and is 2-minutes, 45-seconds long.
It features three men dressed in Arab-styled clothing, one holding an AK-47, one holding a photo of Thaksin, and one reading the death threat. Later in the video the other two men also hold assault rifles.
The English language commentary made threats to kill Thaksin “to avenge the killing of Muslims in the South in 2004”. The video stated, “You have killed our Muslim brothers at Tak Bai, south Thailand”, referring to the deaths of 82 Muslim protesters while in the custody of security forces at Tak Bai district town, when Thaksin was Prime Minister.
The speaker claimed, “We will get you any time, anywhere in the world.”
YouTube removed the first video upload in a few hours with the notice: “This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy on violence”.
But the video reappeared with a different uploader a few hours later.
The second video was also taken down by YouTube.
Early Sunday, a third version of the video was posted, this time with a Thai-language soundtrack played over the original.
It was removed by YouTube shortly, but was uploaded again a few hours later.
Muslim separatists in South Thailand have denied any connections with foreign terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda.