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16 August 2009 :: 01:08:34 am 7634

PM Orders Acting Police Chief Wichien To Keep Peace Monday

BANGKOK, Aug 15 -- Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Saturday he had ordered the country’s acting national police chief Pol Gen Wichien Pojphosri to maintain law and order next Monday, the day that anti-government protesters are to submit a petition seeking a royal pardon for ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and the court to rule on a massive corruption case.
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Mr Abhisit said he had conferred with Gen Wichien on ways to prevent a possible clash between anti-government ‘Red Shirt’ members of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) and ‘Blue Shirt’ protesters who are loyal to Newin Chidchob, a key figure of the ruling coalition’s Bhumjaithai Party.

UDD leaders plan to submit their petition seeking a royal pardon for Mr. Thaksin, now living in self-imposed exile overseas, at the Royal Household Bureau on that day while their blue shirted opponents will gather at the nearby Supreme Court to hear the verdict against Mr. Newin and 44 others in the rubber sapling graft case in which he is implicated.

The corruption case related to the Bt1.4 billion rubber saplings project between 2004 and 2006. Mr Newin was deputy agriculture minister in the Thaksin administration at the time.

“I would like to ask the two groups not to create any violence or problem for the country because the country and people would be affected eventually. The country is now moving forward and there shouldn’t be any hindrance,” said Mr. Abhisit.

There should not be a problem if both sides express their opinions and acts peacefully, within the framework of the law, he added. (TNA)

Reporter : Methawee   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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