Warrants sought for protest leaders

Authorities on Monday will seek arrest warrants under the Emergency Decree for 16 anti-government protest leaders, the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) decided on Saturday.

As well, said CMPO member Tarit Pengdith, the CMPO was preparing to take back government office compounds from the protesters.

The CMPO will use peaceful means and will not use force to disperse the anti-government protesters, insisted Mr Tarit, also the director-general of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI).

He said negotiating teams, comprising state officials, police and representatives from the armed forces, planned to hold talks with leaders of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) at all seven major rally sites to ask them to vacate the blocked state office buildings.

CMPO members also agreed to alert the general public that entering restricted areas and roads was a violation of the emergency decree, Mr Tarit added.

The restrictions were detailed on Friday following the caretaker government's imposition of a 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok and parts of surrounding provinces earlier in the week. Any attempt to obstruct the scheduled Feb 2 election or people's voting rights was also illegal, said the DSI chief.

The CMPO has also directed the DSI and the Anti-Money Laundering Office to identify individuals and private businesses that have provided financial support to the PDRC and hotels that sheltered PDRC co-leaders and take legal action against them, said Mr Tarit.

A total of 58 PDRC figures have been identified but warrants for the 16 key leaders would be sought first on Monday, he added.

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Discussion 1 : 26/01/2014 at 07:14 AM
I am tired of people who try to drop all of the Kingdom's problems on one man. Anyone who holds this view lacks wisdom, and knowledge.
Discussion 2 : 26/01/2014 at 01:21 AM
Emergency decree issued to corner and arrest protesters showed that the government is losing confident itself controlling anti government protest.
Discussion 3 : 25/01/2014 at 09:58 PM
"The CMPO has also directed the DSI and the Anti-Money Laundering Office to identify individuals and private businesses that have provided financial support to the PDRC and hotels that sheltered PDRC co-leaders and take legal action against them, said Mr Tarit." Does this also mean that the hotels who sheltered the red leaders in 2010, and those higher end hotels who have political connections to the UDD should also have legal action taken against them? Tarit cannot have it both ways.
Discussion 4 : 25/01/2014 at 08:17 PM
Dear Protesters and leaders…Your cause is ten billion times justified…Let those Dubai minions not intimidate you….
Discussion 5 : 25/01/2014 at 07:42 PM
PDRC's dear leader, Khun Suthep already has outstanding warrants and gave up immunity long ago. I know this is Thailand and things are done differently but explaining that to foreign friends becomes harder and harder. They say even the western countries arrest the rich and famous, who then post bail.
Discussion 6 : 25/01/2014 at 06:54 PM
Why issue warrants when no one is going to arrest the protesters?
Discussion 7 : 25/01/2014 at 06:37 PM
DSI, CRES, CAPO, CMPO, Police: And still not enough power to investigate the rice scam?
Discussion 8 : 25/01/2014 at 06:28 PM
If there is one person in this country who deserves to be arrested, it is Tarit.
Discussion 9 : 25/01/2014 at 06:14 PM
What's that?! - demand arrest warrants for the leaders and in same breath looking for negotiations with these leaders. Better this CMPO wouldt go to a psychiatrist :)
Discussion 10 : 25/01/2014 at 06:13 PM
Petty funny that PTP and CMPO is going to ask for help from the anti money laundering office PTP is well versed in money laundering If they they and disperse any protestors you can be sure it will be filled with bloodshed
Discussion 11 : 25/01/2014 at 06:05 PM
The noose tightened. Like the approach. Negotiate, explain the violation, no force but firm in their undertaking.
Discussion 12 : 25/01/2014 at 05:58 PM
Why would hotels or businesses be guilty of anything? If you follow this route, then all of your political donations are criminal offenders.
Discussion 13 : 25/01/2014 at 05:57 PM
Again ???
Discussion 14 : 25/01/2014 at 05:48 PM
CMPO is a farce. Just look at the roster and you will see that there is not one honest person on the list.

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