Pattaya Daily News

21 February 2009 :: 06:02:12 am 39082

21 Pad Leaders, Activists Face Arrest For Government House Seizure

BANGKOK, Feb 20 - Police investigators will next week seek a court permission to issue arrest warrants for 21 key leaders and members of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) alleged to have been involved in the seizure of Government House last year, a top police officer said on Friday.
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Deputy Metropolitan Police Chief Pol.Gen. Ekkarat Meepreecha said arrest warrants will be sought for the 21 suspects for allegedly intruding into Thailand’s official seat of government.

Police have also questioned 247 witnesses in connection with the blockade of Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport late last year, he said, adding that the case will be concluded soon.

Meanwhile, Lt-Gen. Chalong Sonchai, Provincial Police Region 1 Commissioner, said progress has been made over the Suvarnabhumi Airport blockade investigation, with 150 witnesses having been questioned and the investigation about 80 per cent complete.

The investigating team will conclude the case next month and arrest warrants would be sought for all those allegedly involved in the incident, Gen. Chalong said.

Demonstrators opposed to the previous government led by People’s Power Party occupied Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports for more than a week until December 4 last year.

The blockade left hundreds of thousands of visitors stranded, severely tarnishing Thailand’s tourist-friendly image.

The protesters ended the blockade after a court verdict brought down the government and paved the way for the Democrat-led coalition government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

A Bank of Thailand study found the closures cost the national economy Bt290 billion (US$8.3 billion). (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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