Paradorn: We will arrest Suthep

Police will arrest anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban as soon as an opportunity arises, National Security Council secretary-general Paradorn Pattanatabut said on Tuesday.

"Authorities are closely monitoring Mr Suthep but his arrest will depend on the circumstances and environment," Lt Gen Paradorn told reporters.

Asked about the arrest of People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) core member Sonthiyan Chuenruthainaitham, he said the emergency decree allows police to detain him for seven days.

If the investigation has not been completed police can keep him in custody for seven more days at a time, with court approval, but he cannot be detained for more than 30 days.

On Monday, police arrested Mr Sonthiyan while he was eating lunch at Central department store in Lat Phrao. He and 18 other PDRC leaders are wanted under arrest warrants for violating the emergency decree in connection with the mass protests demanding the resignation of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her government.

When reporters asked whether the government will announce the names of capitalists allegedly behind the funding of the protests, he said an investigation had been completed. The information was with Department of Special Investigation (DSI) director-general Tarit Pengdith, he said.

On the private sector's call for the government to lift the state of emergency, due to the detrimental effect that it is having on the overall economy, he said the government will do so when the situation eases, but the decree is necessary at this time.

"Security agencies are concerned that the protesting rice farmers will team up with the PDRC protesters, but I believe that the farmers can see their motive is quite different from the PDRC's," Lt Gen Paradorn said.

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Discussion 1 : 12/02/2014 at 07:16 AM
Do not think hundreds of thousands but the man has to be arrested and face the penalty for his actions long over due, Thailand needs to stand up and bring this problem to a head regardless, its dragged on too long most are sick of it.
Discussion 2 : 11/02/2014 at 03:38 PM
ASAP from iPhone application.
Discussion 3 : 11/02/2014 at 03:09 PM
For sure you must shown the world that the country has an juridical system under control without corruption ! And don't forget the charges from 2006 !!
Discussion 4 : 11/02/2014 at 03:07 PM
The police arrest Suthep and the country will explode. There are not 500 people protesting - there are hundredtousands willing to fight and they all will be out on the street. Negotiations is the only way, but negotiations require readiness to compromise and to share power, something dthat does not exit on either side.
Discussion 5 : 11/02/2014 at 02:48 PM
Go ahead arrest him and you'll inflame the situation even more. He is only a voice for many, many people, and someone else will rise to the challenge.
Discussion 6 : 11/02/2014 at 02:35 PM
Oh my god, another one not understanding that confrontation will make matters only worse. Talking of reconciliation? And where is YL, is she still around and is she still CT-PM? Unbelievable how in this situation the CT-PM is totally absent and leaves the field to others, too many of which are hawks.

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