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Court refuses to revoke Suthep's arrest warrant

The Appeals Court has dismissed a petition to revoke the arrest warrant issued against Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary-general of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), on insurrection charges.

Suthep's lawyer yesterday attended a hearing in court after filing a petition to have the lower court's ruling overturned. Late last year, the Criminal Court had rejected a petition seeking a review of the arrest warrant against Suthep. The Appeals Court, meanwhile, said it would not revoke Suthep's arrest warrant.

Separately, PDRC protesters gathered outside the home of Department of Special Investigation chief Tarit Pengdith to demand that he probe charges against a group of red shirts in Chiang Mai of trying to divide the country. Tarit was not at home and the crowds dispersed later.

Meanwhile, Luang Pu Buddha Issara yesterday led some 200 PDRC members and farmers to the Royal Thai Police Office to lodge a petition against caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, five other ministers and two agencies in relation to the controversial rice-pledging scheme.


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