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17 February 2010 :: 10:02:36 am 13437

Thailand Security Panel Created to Monitor Political Situation

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has ordered establishment of a panel to monitor the political situation closely regarding security matters, to evaluate the situation and recommend measures to prevent violence before the court ruling on the case of the Bt76 billion (US$2.3 billion) in frozen assets of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra on February 26.
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The committee will be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban and is authorised to convene security concerned agencies and collect security reports from each agency. The committee will be authorised to consider using the security law, and determine if it is needed, he said.

The panel will coordinate the agencies to work smoothly and to respond to the situation in a timely manner and also for combined information gathering, to help the security agencies work together effectively.

The security measures were also heightened following an explosion near Government House and a bomb discovered at the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions over the weekend.

The combined police and military security on Monday had started operating check-points and patrol units in the inner Bangkok area. As for the security in provinces, the Army area commanders and governors would together plan security measures.

The anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), the Red Shirts, announced rallies against the government throughout the month to show their contempt for the government’s asset seizure case against fugitive former prime minister Thaksin.

However, they announced that there would be no mass rally on February 26, saying that the public has the freedom to be at court themselves if they are so inclined. (TNA)

Reporter : Methawee   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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