Astrologer warns Thai prime minister about danger to life


BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been warned that his life is in danger, either from an assassination attempt or an accident. 

The warning comes not from security officials but a well-known astrologer-senator, Boonlert Pairin, who is not affiliated with any party. His predictions dominated Thai newspaper, radio and television reports Friday but Thaksin dismissed the dire prophecy as superstitious balderdash. 

Pairin told reporters that he checked Thaksin's stars and found that he faces a critical period between Dec. 16 and Jan. 14, possibly in the form of an assassination attempt or an accident. 

He said he has written to Thaksin with three solutions to ward off the tragedy: performing a religious rite, meditation to purify the soul or dissolving the parliament. He also urged Thaksin to put off foreign travel. 

Thaksin, however, told Pairin and other fortune tellers to burn their books if their predictions prove to be wrong. 

"I believe in science and the preaching of Lord Buddha. I don't believe in the supernatural,'' Thaksin said. 

A majority of Thais, most of whom are Buddhists, believe in astrology and fortune telling to some extent, and supernatural beliefs play a major role in the society. - AP 

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