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Apiwan faces arrest

Former deputy House Speaker and red-shirt co-leader Apiwan Wiriyachai, as of press time, had not contacted police after the Criminal Court approved an arrest warrant for him on Wednesday for allegedly committing lese majeste at a red-shirt rally.

Deputy National Police chief Pol General Somyot Poompanmoung said yesterday that the authorities had evidence in the form of an audio recording of Apiwan's speech on January 29, 2011, in Phetchaburi province.

The complaint against Apiwan had not been lodged earlier for fear of the elected Pheu Thai-led government's power, he said.

The National Council for Peace and Order has issued an order banning Apiwan from leaving the country.

Meanwhile, the Min Buri Provincial Court has approved a police request to issue arrest warrants for two suspects in connection with the killing of Kamol Duangphasuk "Mainueng Kor Kuntee", a red-shirt poet, in April, Somyot said.

He said security-camera footage indicated that one of the suspects was the gunman and the other rode the motorcycle to help the gunman escape.

Somyot said police also had evidence that Kamol was linked with war-grade weapons used to instigate unrest in the capital in several incidents.


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