Pattaya Daily News

21 April 2009 :: 17:04:03 pm 27374

Two High-Ranking Officers Transferred

BANGKOK - THAILAND'S national police chief has transferred two high-ranking officers held responsible for failed security at a key Asian summit a week ago, an official order revealed late on Monday.
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Police head General Patcharawat Wongsuwan also launched an investigation into the two men’s inability to stop thousands of anti-government protesters overrunning the April 11 meetings, forcing their abrupt closure.

Pattaya city commander Assawin Narongphan and Chonburi provincial commander Bandid Khunchak will move to new positions at the national police headquarters in Bangkok, the order said.

The Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) summit with six dialogue partners – China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and India – was due to meet April 11-12 for a series of meetings in Pattaya city.

But many foreign leaders were shipped out by helicopter for their safety before the summit could begin, after supporters of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra rallied in the seaside city and stormed the meeting venues.

The incident prompted Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to impose a state of emergency in Pattaya and the surrounding Chonburi province for a few hours while foreign leaders were ferried away.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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