DSI to summons 17 PDRC leaders

The Department of Special Investigation will tomorrow issue summonses for 17 key leaders of the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) to acknowledge charges relating to their roles in leading the protest movement.

The charges included insurrection, inciting disorder or civil disobedience and creating assemblies of 10 persons or more to incite unrest in the city and refuse police orders to end their actions, DSI chief Tarit Pengdith told a news conference on Wednesday.

The 17 leaders, who excluded PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban, are required to report to the DSI on Dec 26 and 27. 

Mr Tarit said police investigators met to discuss the arrest of Mr Suthep and concluded that the summons for the ex-Democrat MP would not be issued yet to avoid possible confrontation with the protesters. He said the decision was based on the actual situation, but he vowed authorities would proceed to eventually bring him in for interrogation.

The DSI would also seek to freeze all types of bank accounts of the protest leaders, including Mr Suthep, and two accounts opened for receiving charitable money from supporters. It would tomorrow send letters to commercial banks with which those accounts were opened, to order them to freeze the accounts and disclose statements for the previous six months. 

Owners of companies, transport and shops who intentionally supported the protesters would also be summonsed for interrogation, the DSI chief added. 

The leaders, who will be summonsed, are Sathit Wongnongtoey, Chumpol Julsai, Puttipong Punnakan, Isara Somchai, Witthaya Kaewparadai, Thaworn Senneam, Natthapol Teepsuwan, Akanat Promphan, Anchalee Paireerak, Nitithorn Lamlua, Uthai Yodmanee, Saemdin Lertbutr, Preecha Iamsuphan, Somkiat Pongpaibul, Yossak Kosaikanon, Supawat Supiyapanich and Somboon Thongburan.

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Discussion 1 : 19/12/2013 at 07:20 AM
The DSI is supposed to be independent! Imagine if in the USA under Bush the FBI would not have prosecuted people from the Republican Party and under Obama they would have only prosecuted Republicans. I think this is difficult to imagine. And if it would actually happen then I guess many American people would protest against it – and many of them have guns…
Discussion 2 : 19/12/2013 at 07:16 AM
Just like the reds they go straight to jail for a year with no bail and have time to think about things.
Discussion 3 : 19/12/2013 at 06:18 AM
fungus- your entire rant lost team with the first lie - " they were the unelected ruling party?"
Discussion 4 : 19/12/2013 at 06:04 AM
A big soap opera, nothing else.
Discussion 5 : 19/12/2013 at 05:00 AM
DSI is supposed to be an independent agency, now it does not look like it. Please tell us why?
Discussion 6 : 19/12/2013 at 03:09 AM
Not sure. Wasn't that part of the democrat's responsibility to pursue when they were the unelected ruling party? Or did they have their hands full with creating the palm oil crisis, reinstating Thaksin's previously denounced populist policies, skimming 20% of all government contracts, scaring off foreign investors, and starting a border war with Cambodia?
Discussion 7 : 19/12/2013 at 01:09 AM
And why not Suthep? Is he really untouchable..
Discussion 8 : 19/12/2013 at 12:40 AM
So are all the accounts belonging to red-shirts and their supporters inside and outside of Thailand frozen? The DSI had enough time since 2010 to do that, correct? And what are the results from the investigation who financed the 2010 red mob? Or did the DSI forget about these charges because everybody knows anyhow who financed this mob? As long as the police and the DSI are only acting in the interest of the Shinawatras there will be no peace in Thailand.
Discussion 9 : 19/12/2013 at 12:32 AM
They are desperate to get the money for the farmers(rice only).....after all the idiot promised to pay all the owed monies back within 7 days........so like what they have done for the past 2 years........rob the taxpayers again.
Discussion 10 : 18/12/2013 at 11:45 PM
"The Department of State Intimidation will tomorrow issue summonses for 17 key leaders of the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) to acknowledge charges relating to their roles in leading the protest movement." Fixed.
Discussion 11 : 18/12/2013 at 10:37 PM
The reason for informing them is that if money is now removed or moved to a different account, then the account trustees can be prosecuted for money laundering, and all the funds confiscated.
Discussion 12 : 18/12/2013 at 09:48 PM
but when will dsi summon the fugitive's little sister on murder charges?
Discussion 13 : 18/12/2013 at 09:46 PM
Owners of companies, transport and shops who intentionally supported the protesters would also be summonsed for interrogation, the DSI chief added. This is a very bad move, Owners of companies who "intentionally" support their political opponents , this is Gestapo like , this is going to go down well when Surapong goes to another country and is asked why do you persecute those who help your opponents . I wonder, did Tarit think this up all by himself -what do you think. I know the answer , so do you.
Discussion 14 : 18/12/2013 at 09:42 PM
Why tell one day before their bank accounts will be frozen. They will be empty on the day they are frozen. Finally some accountability from the authorities. Now they just need to get ahold of Suthep so it will be quiet for a while, at least until after the New Year.

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