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21 February 2009 :: 19:02:55 pm 39074

Warrants Against Pad “Not Political Motivated”: Pm

BANGKOK, Feb 21-- Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva affirmed Saturday on his return from Jakarta that issuing of arrest warrant for 21 members of the People?s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) is not political motivated because it is legal procedure under the responsibility of the police, and they are simply doing their duty.
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Mr. Abhisit, who only shortly before had returned from an official visit to Indonesia, admitted that he did not know the full details of the plan to issue warrants but it showed that there were developments in many cases, particularly the cases that are in the public eye.

PAD coordinator Suriyasai Katasila said earler that leaders and prominent members of the PAD are ‘disappointed’ with the government after learning that arrest warrants are likely to be issued for 21 of its core leaders.

Stressing that the Peoples’ Alliance is not an instrument of the Democrat Party, which is the core of the ruling government, Mr. Suriyasai said the government must take legal action in a straightforward manner with every party and not just with the PAD in order to reduce tensions with its arch-rival the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) which plans a massive rally at Government House Tuesday.

Mr. Suriyasai noted that a number of cases against key leaders of UDD have been delayed, but that action against the PAD is proceeding.

The PAD coordinator said the authorities giving closer attention to the PAD is a way of removing pressure from the UDD could be interpreted as prosecuting the PAD for political reasons.

If this assumption is true, Mr. Suriyasasi said, the PAD could lose heart with this government.

On Friday, Deputy Metropolitan Police Chief Pol.Gen. Ekkarat Meepreecha said arrest warrants will be sought for the 21 charged with intruding into Government House last year, an action which subsequently led to forcing the government of Somchai Wongsawat from office.

Police investigators will seek court permission to issue arrest warrants for the key leaders and members of the PAD next week.

Mr. Suriyasai said his group will ask its lawyers to seek bail for the 21 if they are arrested. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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