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02 October 2010 :: 10:10:03 am 41653

Decree Lifted in Northeast amid Random Royal Bomb Threat

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Friday lifted the governments controversial emergency decree in three further provinces in Thailand’s northeast. Reports of an anonymous bomb threat on the Suriraj Hospital have also surfaced Friday, according to authorities.
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Bangkok, the 1st of October 2010: The much-maligned emergency laws, having been lifted in Khon Kaen, Udon Thani and Nakhon Ratchasima on Friday, still remain in place on Bangkok and three surrounding provinces of Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan and Pathum Thani.

The Prime Ministers decision came following a meeting of national security agencies on Friday, called to consider the political situation in the northeast and assess the possible lifting of the restrictive emergency laws.

Despite the lifting on three northeastern provinces, Thailand’s Department of Special Investigations (DSI) still affirm that the laws are needed in Bangkok and surrounding areas due to numerous reports of possible violence and continued uncertainty in the region.

DSI Director-General Tharit Pengdit stated, “The DSI advised the premier to maintain the state of emergency in Bangkok and adjacent provinces following reports of continued disturbances. For other provinces, according to intelligence reports, the emergency decree can be revoked.”

Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Dr. Amara Pongsapich confirmed that the premier had called the commission asking for figures on the number of complaints received over the emergency laws, with Dr. Pongsapich confirming that calls had been placed but that the number was not ‘large’. The NHRC is in the process of compiling data, which will then be forwarded to the government.

“The NHRC disagrees with the enforcement of Emergency Decree [in principle] as no country enforces such a special law,” said Dr Pongsapich. “The prime minister however has explained to the commission about the necessity for law enforcement to facilitate the country’s administration and informed us that the state of emergency will be revoked in three provinces.”

Meanwhile, National Police Commissioner Wichean Potephosree confirmed on Friday that a bomb threat had been received by the Siriraj Hospital, where His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej is currently receiving medical treatment.

At present investigative officers believe that the person who made the call, traced to a public telephone outside the Channel 5 head offices, is ‘mentally unstable’ and that the incident is not linked to capitals ongoing situation regarding random bombings.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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