Arrest warrant ruling due Wednesday

The Criminal Court is scheduled to decide on Wednesday whether to approve arrest warrants for key anti-government protest leaders.

The court said on Friday that it had finished interrogating all 18 witnesses and would make its ruling at 1.30pm on Wednesday.

The witnesses included Pol Maj Gen Kajornsak Pansakorn, deputy chief of the Metropolitan Police Bureau; Yutthana Phraedam, a special case official with the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), and 16 other officers who were stationed at polling stations for advance voting last Sunday.

The DSI is making its second try to obtain court approval to move against protest leaders on charges of obstructing the election process and violating the emergency decree.

Those sought by officers are members of the People's Democratic Reform Committee, the Dhamma Army, the People's Democratic Force to Overthrow Thaksinism and the Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thailand.

They are Suthep Thaugsuban, Sathit Wongnongtoey, Chumpol Julsai, Phutthipong Punnakan, Issara Somchai, Witthaya Kaewparadai, Thaworn Senneam, Nataphol Teepsuwan, Akanat Promphan, Anchalee Paireerak, Nitithorn Lamlua, Uthai Yodmanee, Samdin Lertbutr, Gen Preecha Iamsuphan, Ratchayut Sirayothinpakdi, Kittichai Saisa-ard, Samran Rodpech, Sonthiyan Chuenruethainaitham and Pansuwan Nakaew.

The request was filed by Pol Maj Gen Yutthana.

The court on Tuesday rejected the DSI's first petition to obtain arrest warrants for the 16 leaders as there was not enough evidence to substantiate the applications. The DSI added another three people to its list later.

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Discussion 1 : 01/02/2014 at 10:50 AM
The evidences / testimonies are so numerous that it becomes hilarious to see the courts doing their best for delay the actions against the culprits. They were more reactive during the 2010 protest to arrest the red shirts leaders. Double standards.
Discussion 2 : 01/02/2014 at 04:10 AM
What about Chalerms 72 hours ultimatum to the protesters ?
Discussion 3 : 01/02/2014 at 12:00 AM
They had an arrest warrant for kamnan Suthep already, yet never acted on it... Now they need another one? Are they gonna act on this one? Stir things up a bit more even. Regardless of what the Shinawatra clan does, they can't straighten this out... 2 wrongs don't make a right... 100 wrongs don't make a right either... unfortunately the same can be said about the other side... its a sad yet refreshing predicament to be in...
Discussion 4 : 31/01/2014 at 10:42 PM
So let me get this right, the police continually fail to do their job, are corrupt to the core and are Thaksin worshippers yet they are credible wittnesses.
Discussion 5 : 31/01/2014 at 08:03 PM
If the warrants are approved, they had better watch out for more armed police in plain clothes without their ID cards trying to get through checkpoints and shooting at protestors if they are discovered.
Discussion 6 : 31/01/2014 at 07:52 PM
Is the court going to delay this action just a long as the trail dates for the PAD core leaders? It would almost appear they have a political agenda.

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