Red-shirt fugitive Arisaman Pongruangrong was reluctant to surrender to police because he feared of being murdered inside the prison, Pheu Thai MP Kokaew Pikulthong said Thursday.
Kokaew said he and Pheu Thai MP Jatuporn Promphan met Arisman by chance in Cambodia during a party last weekend.
Kokaew said Jatuporn urged Arisaman to surrender to fight the terrorism charge and Jatuporn would ensure that Arisaman would be released on bail.
However, Arisaman replied that he feared that he would be killed in a prison. Kokaew quoted Arisaman as saying that he was the next target after Maj Gen Khattiaya Sawasdiphol, who has been killed.
"But Jatuporn told him that there is nothing to fear because the political situation has changed and the Corrections Department is now under the government's control. The case is also a political case so he will be released on bail," Kokaew said.
Arisaman has fled out of the country after troops were deployed to crush the red-shirt protesters at the Rajprasong Intersection on May 19 last year.
Kokaew said he and Jatuporn did not ask Arisaman where he has been hiding for fear that it would be not safe for the red-shirt leader.
Kokaew and Jatuporn were attending a social function held to receive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra who visited Cambodia to make a speech on the economy.