Naming of PDRC's backers 'deferred'

The Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) has decided to postpone revealing publicly the names of 136 firms and individuals that have served as a pipeline for funding the People's Democratic Reform Committee's anti-government activities, Department of Special Investigation chief Tarit Pengdith said.

Mr Tarit said the CMPO decided today to hold back on releasing the information for the sake of justice for all concerned.

The centre agreed to assign five agencies - the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo), Royal Thai Police Office, DSI, Office of the Narcotics Control Board (Oncb) and Revenue Department - to thoroughly examine the 136 names again before they could be revealed to the public. 

The CMPO had earlier said it would today name the 136 alleged financers of the PDRC.

The five agencies were examining the cases. The media could ask the Amlo secretary-general about the progress of the inquiry, Mr Tarit said.

Mr Tarit said more names might be added later, or even deducted, depending on the results of the scrutiny process.  Of the 136 names to date, 58 would certainly not be taken out because they were already suspects in special cases, he added.

At today's meeting, the CMPO was advised that a committee chaired by caretaker Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan had not finished its consideration of a request for the revocation of the residency of Satish Sehgal, the Indian businessman alleged to have taken part in PDRC activities. The committee said it wanted more information, Mr Tarit said.

The CMPO agreed to ask the committee to quickly make a decision and let it know by Feb 12.

CMPO director Chalerm Yubamrung also ordered CMPO staff to step up efforts to arrest PDRC core members who are wanted under warrants.

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