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25 May 2011 :: 12:05:15 pm 53994

No extension of internal security law enforcement

BANGKOK, May 24 - Thailand's Internal Security Act (ISA), enforced in the capital until today, will not be extended at its expiration tonight, as the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) is closing its operations, according to Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen, advisor to the Royal Thai Police on security affairs and special operations.
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Gen Pongsapat, in his capacity as CAPO deputy director, said the agency’s meeting resolved not to ask the Cabinet to extend the ISA after the special law had been enforced in Bangkok and some other areas for 105 days.

The ISA was imposed in many parts of the country from Feb 8 this year to allow the authorities to cope with anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), rallies, the Red Shirt movement.
The areas placed under the ISA, gradually been reduced to seven districts in Bangkok–Dusit, Phra Nakhon, Pomprap Sattruphai, Ratchathewi, Pathumwan, Watthana and Wang Thong Lang. The previous 30-day extension of the ISA in seven districts expires today, May 24.

He said CAPO, chaired by national police chief Pol Gen Wichean Potephosree concluded that the overall situation was normal and there is no need to further implement the special law to maintain law and order.

Under normal circumstances, police could handle situation effectively through normal law enforcement, Gen Pongsapat said. He said there would be some rallies by certain unnamed groups, but that they were not worrisome.

The country is readying for next month’s general election, so that laws related to the poll process will be applied to handle the situation. He said it was unlikely that there would be any violence.

The general also said that although CAPO has closed but its responsibilities will be transferred to the Metropolitan Police Bureau which will review the overall situation and provide security at important locations and for prominent personalities and continue monitoring the planned demonstrations of various groups.

He said that police will closely on political parties and their candidates during their rallies before the July 3 election and will use the election law against offenders.

If police find any legal acts are considered special cases, they will be transferred to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to handle, he said.

The police will focus in particular on some 10 provinces considered high risk as the election is expected to be were fierce. Candidates who feel unsafe can ask for protection from police, he said.

Report by : MCOT

Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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