CMPO yet to decide on emergency decree

national March 14, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

The Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order has cancelled all its meetings from today to Sunday as a final decision has yet to be made on whether the emergency decree would continue being imposed, CMPO member Tarit Pengdith said.

Tarit, who also heads the Department of Special Investigation, said the CMPO discussed the issue of extending the decree yesterday, though no definite decision has been made. However, he said, many members did not see the need to extend the state of emergency from March 23, preferring instead that it be replaced with the less strict Internal Security Act (ISA). He said the CMPO would only hold a press conference when necessary.
Tarit added that legal action taken as a consequence of the emergency decree could not be stopped, citing the 58 people who had been charged for alleged insurrection and 371 cases of blocking the election. 
“According to the Special Branch Police and intelligence agencies, the PDRC [People’s Democratic Reform Committee] leaders moved their rally to Lumpini Park and are holding forums on national reform because they want to use these activities to defend themselves over charges of insurrection and obstruction,” he said. He added that the PDRC forums were still unclear and lacked participation at the national level. 
A source, who asked not to be named, said the Cabinet on Tuesday might discuss the idea of lifting the emergency decree and replacing it with the ISA. In that case, the agency in charge of maintaining peace  under the ISA would still use the Narcotics Suppression Bureau just as the CMPO did, the source said. 

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