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06 July 2009 :: 20:07:33 pm 27130

Foreign Minister Kasit Denies Police Charges of Airport Seizure Involvement

BANGKOK, July 6 Thailand's Foreign Affairs Minister Kasit Piromya has initially denied police charges of illegally seizing Suvarnabhumi International Airport late last year with an aim to overthrow the then government of prime minister Somchai Wongsawat, senior police officer said on Monday.
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Assistant National Police Chief Lt-Gen. Wuthi Puavej said in his capacity as chief police investigator probing leaders and members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) seizure of Bangkok’s Don Mueang domestic airport and Suvarnabhumi International Airport for eight days in November and December that the foreign affairs minister had reported to the police.

Mr. Kasit denied police charges and said he would provide a written statement within 30 days.

If police investigators need additional interrogation, Mr. Kasit will be willing to meet them again, said Lt-Gen. Wuthi.

His report came after police ordered all 25 Peoples Alliance protest leaders and high-profile members, including Mr. Kasit, who had invaded and closed down the two airports for eight days to hear the charges on July 16.

The PAD activists are charged with a number of offences, including terrorism and obstructing aviation.

Police also charged some 27 PAD leaders and members in the closing of Bangkok’s Don Mueang domestic airport during the same timeframe. (TNA)

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Opposition party urges FM to resign due to charges on airport seizure BANGKOK, July 6  Thailand’s opposition Puea Thai Party has called on Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to ask Foreign Affairs Minister Kasit Piromya to resign as the authorities have charged him with terrorism in relation to the invasion and closure of Thailand?s Suvarnabhumi International Airport late last year, a party spokesman said Monday.

The spokesman said Mr. Kasit be aware himself and decide to leave the post as the country could loose “dignity” as Thailand is preparing to host a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) later this year.

If the court rules that Mr. Kasit is not guilty, he could return to the post with dignity, the spokesman said.

Police have charged Mr. Kasit and more than 20 other leaders and prominent members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) in connection with the seizure of Suvarnabhumi International Airport last year, occupying and closing it from November 26 to December 3 in a bid to oust the government of then prime minister Somchai Wongsawat.

All those charged are asked to hear the charges on July 16.

Thepthai Senpong, spokesman for Democrat Party leader Abhisit, quoted the prime minister as saying that senior leaders of his party must discuss whether prosecutors have decided to formally charge Mr. Kasit in court.

It is still too early for Mr. Kasit to take responsibility and resign from his post, Mr. Thepthai said. (TNA)

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Mr. Jatuporn said that the remarrks made by Mr. Kasit, who officially began working at his post on Tuesday, were considered as “challenging the feelings of people nationwide” and that the action had severely damaged the country’s economy, and therefore Mr. Kasit should not be given the ministerial post.

The PAD also occupied Don Mueang domestic airport during the same period and demanded then government of Somchai Wongsawat to resign unconditionally.

Charging that Mr. Abhisit should not allow a “terrorist who had seized an airport to become a minister”, Mr. Jatuporn said his men may one day in the future surround the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He said UDD supporters will hold a talk show and rally at Bangkok’s Sanam Luang on Sunday and will decide whether they will march on Parliament on Monday and Tuesday when the coalition government under the ruling Democrat Party presents its policy to the House.

Meanwhile, Deputy Interior Minister Boonjong Wongtrairat told journalists that the planned rally at Parliament by the UDD must be conducted with respect to the country’s laws.

BANGKOK, Dec 23 (TNA) – A leading member of the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) on Tuesday demanded that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva rescind his appointment of his Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya, as Mr. Kasit had joined the UDD’s rival in the closing of Suvarnabhumi Airport late last month.

Jatuporn Prompan, a party-list member of parliament for the Puea Thai Party and also a host of a television talk show, demanded that the prime minister remove Mr. Kasit from the ministerial post after he had given an interview to a foreign media that the seizure of the airport by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) supporters from November 25 to December 3 was “fun, with delicious food and sweet music”.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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