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Capo vows to clamp down on lese majeste offenders

The Centre for Administration of Peace and Order (Capo) has set up a new panel to speed up the process of charging those accused of violating the lese majeste law, Capo deputy spokesman Anucha Romyanan said yesterday.

The move came as an arrest warrant was issued for a 22-year-old red-shirt supporter accused of posting messages online that flouted Article 112, relating to crimes of lese majeste.

Anucha said other wrongdoers who had posted messages on the Internet violating lese majeste laws would also be tracked down and charged. Capo has asked the Information and Communication Technology Ministry to shut down all websites carrying alleged lese majeste messages.

In other news, Anucha confirmed that power and water supplies had been restored to Government House. Anti-government-protesters camped out in the area had also returned to the vicinity of Luk Luang Road, he added.

However, police chief Gen Adul Saengsingkaew said that even though all sides were now seeking ways to end the conflict, police were still facing a number of violent incidents. He had therefore ordered officers to do their utmost to seek out those culprits still bent on causing violence.

Capo said it would also step up security around the US Embassy on Wireless Road following comments made by protest leader Nithithorn Lamleua that he would take demonstrators to protests outside the embassy.

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